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First Fruits Of Common Core: Holocaust Denial
Investor's Business Daily Editorial
May 9, 2014
A Common Core-based essay assignment in L.A. had kids debating whether the Holocaust was real. Parents can expect more shocking historic revisionism from Obama's new education standards.

Adopted by California and other states desperate for federal funding, Core includes writing standards designed to make students think "critically" about political topics and societal norms. They must defend their answers based on articles.

Following the plan, Los Angeles-area Rialto Unified School District had 8th-graders write a paper on whether they believe the Holocaust was a "hoax" created by Jews to "influence public emotion and gain wealth."

"When tragic events occur in history, there is often debate about their actual existence," the 18-page assignment says. "For example, some people claim the Holocaust is not an actual event but instead was a propaganda tool that was used for political and monetary gain."

It provides kids links to "credible sources" that are nothing but Internet cranks. One claims Anne Frank faked her diary, while another rails against the "irrepressible Zionist influence and control of our country."

After a local paper ran a story on the outrageous lesson, the Anti-Defamation League, Simon Wiesenthal Center and other groups lodged complaints. And the district agreed to have its "Core team" "revise" it.

School officials defended the assignment as an exercise in "critical thinking."

While there's nothing wrong with engaging students in critical thinking, an exercise debating whether the Holocaust happened is intellectually indefensible.

It's well documented that more than 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust between 1933 and 1945. German Jews didn't document it; American forces did. There's nothing to debate, unless you're an anti-Semite.

But Rialto isn't Dearborn, Mich. It's mostly Hispanic. Why would the district assign such an inflammatory lesson? Could it be that it's run by immigrants from Muslim countries that traffic in such anti-Holocaust conspiracy theories?

Bangladesh-born Mohammad Z. Islam happens to be Rialto's superintendent, and Pakistan-born Syeda Jafri serves as its director of communications.

Don't be surprised if, in the not-too-distant future, students are debating whether 9/11 actually occurred or if it was just another Zionist hoax to frame Muslims and the Religion of Peace.

This article was originally featured in Investor's Business Daily. Refer to original article for related links and important documentation.

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