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Susan Estrich

Commentary: A grotesque assignment

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That’s what the Simon Wiesenthal Center called the assignment given to eighth-grade students in Rialto, Calif., to research and write an argumentative essay about whether the Holocaust actually happened or was “merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain wealth.”

Who came up with this assignment? Apparently, it was a group effort, the work of a group of teachers and the district’s “educational services division.”

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