A New York English teacher at Albany High School has been placed on leave for a persuasive writing assignment requiring students to use "solid rationale" to prove that "Jews are evil," the Times Union of Albany reported.
The teacher instructed 75 of her tenth grade students to write an essay to an imaginary Nazi official convincing him that Jews are "the source of our problems."
"You do not have a choice in your position," the teacher instructed her students. "You must argue that Jews are evil and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich."
Dr. Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, superintendent of Albany District schools, apologized for the teacher's "unacceptable error in judgment."
"This assignment for some of our students at Albany High School was completely unacceptable," Dr. Wyngaard said in a statement posted on the school district's website. "It displayed a level of insensitivity that we absolutely will not tolerate in our school community. I am deeply apologetic to all of our students, all of our families and the entire community."
One student's parents brought the issue to the administration's attention. Several students refused to carry out the assignment.