A public high school in Towson, Md., is being criticized by Republican lawmakers in the state because of a history lesson that compares President Trump to Nazis and communists.
According to a report from The Baltimore Sun, a slide used in a presentation in an Advanced Placement history lesson at Loch Raven High School shows a picture of Trump, with the caption: “Wants to round up a group of people and build a giant wall.” Underneath that is swastika with the caption “been there” and the communist hammer and sickle symbol with the caption “Done that.”
Another caption reads “Oh, that is why it sounds so familiar.”
Maryland Delegate Kathy Szeliga posted a photo of the slide on Facebook, and had copies of the slide distributed to fellow Baltimore County members of the House of Delegates.
“This propaganda was used in an AP history class at Loch Raven High,” Szeliga said. “Educational malfeasance of the highest degree.”
Baltimore County Public Schools made the following statement:
The slide was used as part of a lesson in an AP History course. The topics being discussed included World Wars and the attempts by some leaders to limit, or prevent migration, into certain countries. In isolation and out of context with the lesson, the image could be misunderstood. In our Advanced Placement (AP) classes, which are college level courses, we expect and encourage analysis and discussion around historical and current events even if they are considered controversial. This lesson was not intended to make a political statement. If a student has concerns when discussing a controversial issue, schools have the tools to address the concern and support the student.
Szeliga called this response “wholly unacceptable,” and plans to take action.
This propaganda was used in an AP history class at Loch Raven High. Educational malfeasance of the highest degree.What…
Other lawmakers were also outraged.
Baltimore County Councilman Wade Kach called it “a piece of propaganda.”
“I think it is inappropriate in a high school to have something like that that is so controversial,” Kach said. “I think to in any way try to draw a comparison to the president and the communists or the Nazis” isn’t right,” he added.
The curriculum and lessons for AP courses are written by individual teachers. The school system sent out a new statement on Friday, declaring that the issue is a personnel matter now, and “will be appropriately addressed by the school administration and is not subject to further clarification.”
“Is this a coverup???” asked Del. Szeliga on Facebook.
Private school just keeps looking better and better for those of us who don’t want our kids indoctrinated by left-wing crap in school.
Matt Margolis is the author of Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis