Call for Resignation of NY Ed Chief Elia for Forcing Students to Support the Holocaust
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NY Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia voiced support - instead of condemnation - for the assignment that an Oswego County, NY high school teacher gave students in which they unbelievably were forced to argue in favor of the Holocaust. Elia declared that forcing students to defend and justify the Nazi's attempted genocide of the Jewish people was a helpful critical thinking exercise. No student should ever be taught to defend genocide of the Jews or any other people but instead should be taught to condemn such violation of human rights anywhere and everywhere. This is deeply disturbing to me as the niece of an aunt who survived Auschwitz and many extended family members who did not. But it should be disturbing to anyone who does not want our young people to be taught to devalue human life. Let Chancellor Betty Rosa of the NY State Board of Regents know that this cannot be tolerated. Urge her to force Elia to resign immediately.
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