Bush is not like Hitler

I know that Bush was a bad president, but you should not make a homework assignment comparing him to Hitler. Hitler is almost universally hated by everyone, but Bush, not only is he still alive, but he is also very respected by many people. Republicans like to compare Hitler with Obama, but believe me, Hitler was much worse than either of them. They both abused their powers, but Hitler and Bush had very different intentions. If this was a class of older students and adults, it may have been seen as more appropriate, but not in a middle school class. That kind of analysis is too complicated for most people, especially younger children.

A statement from D.C. Public Schools said the teacher “admits to extremely poor judgment and short sightedness and will apologize to students. The school will also send a letter home to families explaining the incident and offering to address any additional questions should they arise.”

The statement said that the assignment is not part of district curriculum, although students are expected to learn about broader ideas surrounding war and peace. It said that:

This week, a DCPS teacher created a worksheet to assign as homework which asked students to compare and contrast President George W. Bush and Adolf Hitler, after reading two texts. No DCPS curriculum materials suggest in any way that teachers should compare the texts in this manner or compare Hitler to any other individual … The teacher deeply regrets this mistake, and any suggestion to malign the presidency or make any comparison in this egregious way.