After teaching over 12,000 teachers I never cease being amazed how some identify assignments for students that emanate from the deep interior of their minds. A teacher in an Albany, New York high school asked students to write a persuasive argument in support of Nazi ideas. “You must argue that Jews are evil, and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich.” They also watched Nazi propaganda films and other Nazi sources. One assumes that students in 2013 have a grasp about Nazi ideas or the time period of the 1930s and 1940s. Few students have any understanding of the extent of anti-Semitism in Europe.
There is a difference between asking students to write persuasive essays about topics they have studied and writing about things that are literally, Greek to them. It is akin to asking students if dropping the atomic bomb was ethically correct even though they have no knowledge as to how the Japanese government thought or how American military leaders and government officials thought.
I would be more impressed if students wrote a persuasive essay supporting
Republican arguments that health care is not necessary in modern America.