December 28, 2021

Teacher Placed on Leave After Making Third-Graders Reenact the Holocaust

In Washington, D.C., an elementary school instuctor was placed on administrative leave after organizing a reenactment of the Holocaust featuring a third-grade class.

Third-grade students at Watkins Elementary School were made to reenact scenes from the Holocaust, including mass gravedigging and simulated executions.

The staffer cast a Jewish student in the role of Adolf Hitler and was “told to pretend to commit suicide, as Hitler did” as the finale.

The unnamed staff member organized the reenactment during a “library class” wherein students were supposed to be researching a “self-directed project they would present to their classmates before winter break.”

Principal Scott Berkowitz emailed parents after the incident.

“I want to acknowledge the gravity of this poor instructional decision, as students should never be asked to act out or portray any atrocity, especially genocide, war, or murder,” Berkowitz wrote.

One parent told The Washington Post that “the instructor asked students after the reenactment not to tell anyone about it, but they told their homeroom teacher.”

The D.C. Public Schools’ Comprehensive Alternative Resolution and Equity Team is investigating the incident.

The principal said the class met with the school’s mental health team.

“This was not an approved lesson plan, and we sincerely apologize to our students and families who were subjected to this incident,” a DCPS spokesperson told the Post.


D.C. third-graders were made to reenact episodes from the Holocaust

6 comments on Teacher Placed on Leave After Making Third-Graders Reenact the Holocaust

  1. MikeMarkCA says:

    Christ, liberals are dark people, they have to turn kids dark before they even get out of the gate. Destroy their beliefs in good and humanity, Rob them of their childhood! Teach them how to see skin color, how to hate!

  2. Diane Logan says:

    The kids learned about the holocaust and that is somehow a bad thing? Every year Americans do a reenactment of civil war battles and that is recognized as a history lesson. How is doing the same in an educational environment different?
    Children need to know that this world is not perfect but controlled in many venues by evil men and woman.

  3. Fred Doe says:

    Infinitely better than teaching the lies of CRT.

  4. Dicky says:

    Teachers like this should be thrown out of teaching and never allowed to teach again they are all worthless anti American idiots!

  5. What has become of our society? It has gone out so far from the norm and calls for fasting and prayers from us to return to normal

  6. lona says:

    Teaching and reading about histories throughout eras….is more acceptable than to re-enacting which is more ‘dramatic’ and ‘personalized’. I wonder if questions were put to the students of their feelings, thoughts and any solutions to end these atrocities. If students tell their parents of these projects; parents should encourage children to choose to act or not, if they are uncomfortable..
    As with CRT, my granddaughter told me that white people started to have slaves….well, she got the history correct when I told her slavery was been from beginning of time, from Biblical eras, which was more inhumane than recent times, and how it was brought to these shores in ships with slaves in locked pens. And America was not the only country with slave trades.

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