School District Defends AP History Lesson Calling Trump A Nazi And Communist

Sandy Malone

Baltimore County schools are defending the use of a derogatory meme about President Donald Trump in AP history class.

Towson, MD – Baltimore County Public Schools are defending the use of a meme of President Donald Trump over a swastika and Soviet Union flag as part of the Advanced Placement (AP) history curriculum at Loch Raven High School.

The slide showed a picture of President Trump over the words “Wants to round up a group of people and build a giant wall,” WBFF reported.

Beneath the President was a picture of a swastika captioned “Been There” and flag of the former Soviet Union captioned “Done That.”

Handwritten, to the left of the meme, were the words “oh, THAT is why it sounds so familiar!”

Outraged parents told WBFF that the slide was put up during an AP history class and left up all day.

"I was told that by another student who said the topic in that class was supposedly world leaders shunning other groups out," one parent said. "I said, 'Is this part of the curriculum?'"

“The biggest problem is pushing an agenda on 16 year olds," the parent added.

The school district pushed back against assertions by outraged parents that such content was an attempt at political indoctrination.

Baltimore County Public Schools Spokesman Charles Herndon told the Associated Press that students in AP classes were “discerning, intelligent students who are going to be able to draw their own inferences and draw their own conclusions.”

"This slide was used as part of a lesson in an AP History course,” Baltimore County Schools told WBFF in a statement. “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."

Local lawmakers were not impressed with the school district’s explanation.

"To even imply that our president is in any way a Nazi or a communist is outrageous,” Baltimore County Councilman Wade Kach told WBFF.

"Is this curriculum for AP?” Kach asked. “Is it a purchased curriculum? Is it one that our school system wrote? Where is it coming from? I just think that it’s irresponsible to post anything like this in a classroom."

Dr. Richard Vatz, a professor of political persuasion at Towson University, told WBFF he questioned the school district’s explanation of the context of the derogatory slide.

"If they’re not presenting that as clear, outrageous argument against the President of the United States, then they’re not doing their job,” Vatz said. “It’s really contemptible. But I want to say it's conceivable the teachers are doing a better job than has been communicated to you."

"High schools are not supposed to take advocacy positions against presidents,” the professor said. “They’re supposed to explain how political advocacy works, if that’s what they’re doing. They’re certainly not to take a position that the President is comparable to these awful leaders of the past."

Maryland State Delegate Kathy Szeliga has arranged for copies of the slide, as well as the Baltimore County schools’ responses to it, to be sent to her fellow Baltimore County lawmakers, the Associated Press reported.

“It is horrific. It is educational malfeasance,” Szeliga said.

Comments (68)
RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

And this is how it starts

No. 1-40
Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Sorry guys, but the DEMS more closely fit THAT description. They are mostly Socialists and Socialist ARE Communist in hiding and Nazi were SOCIALISTS. Live with it.

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

Hitler: rounded up 'undesirable' people with the goal of purging and exterminating them from society.

Trump: lawfully detaining criminals who entered the country in clear violation of customs and immigration laws, with the goal of deporting them back to their countries of origin.

Stalin: built a wall to prevent defectors running to the west to escape his brutal regime, killed many who attempted it.

Trump: replacing an existing, but ineffective, border barrier to ensure people only cross at official points of entry.

Yeah, not the same thing.

1BigHunter
1BigHunter

Baltimore.... Talk about the need for a wall...

JBoH
JBoH

I guess I'm kinda old school in that I believe America needs to take care of...well, Americans first. When we've accomplished that then we can take care of the rest of the world.

Aramovich
Aramovich

I'll accept that if they also put up slides calling Bernie a Socialist and Obama as a threat to the Constutiuon.

Aramovich
Aramovich

Oh, and how can you be both a Communist and a Nazi at the same time since they are opposite political systems? Maybe they would do better to educate the students on the definitions of Socialism, Communism and Fascism?

8 Replies

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

You say all this as if you're familiar with political doctrines, but earlier you referred to Sanders as a socialist. In what ways exactly is he a socialist?

I ask you because you seem to only recognize this incident, when people all over this site will call Sanders a communist, socialist, and fascist in the span of one comment.

portManaT13
portManaT13

"In what ways exactly is [Bernie Sanders] a socialist?"
Pretty much because he says he is. I just take his word for that.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

he says democratic socialist. that's not a socialist.

Is english your first language?

portManaT13
portManaT13

"Democratic Socialist" contains the word "socialist." No matter what other adjectives you put up beside the word "socialist" that is still "socialism." The only thing "Democratic Socialist" really means is that a society can vote itself into Socialism, but it sure as hell cannot vote itself out of it.
Socialism, in any form or fashion whatsoever, has NEVER, EVER worked to the benefit of the people that have had it shoved down their throats or up their behinds.
Scandinavia has not had, and does not have, a socialist economy or policies. As a matter of fact, those countries have recently had to abandon many of their government provided "freebies" because the money began to dry up, the availability shrank, and the quality was going down the tubes.
I know, there is no convincing you of your gross level of stupidity. That's the way with those afflicted with that condition. You need education but adamantly refuse to be educated, no matter the amount of wise counsel that is provided to you.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Smart person, you are, portManaT13. I think I might post a meme or two...

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Fire the teacher. If you can't teach students without injecting your personal biases, than you have no business teaching anyone anything.

RetiredCaLe
RetiredCaLe

All you had to say was “Baltimore”. Maybe in this day and age we will see a time when we can all express our own opinions without being attacked and told how to think.

hoss377
hoss377

I would pull my child out of that school right now,this is how the racist left operates,point the finger and call others bigots,but then try to indoctrinate the young,and crush all who disagree with them.

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

“Political indoctrination”

Nailed it with that comment

Kuz4575
Kuz4575

Homeschool!!!

RetFF
RetFF

"This lesson was not intended to make a political statement." What the heck was it then if it wasn't a "Political Statement? The goal of a teacher is to make kids THINK. Not to spoon feed BS to them. Just as the goal of a reporter is to REPORT what happens, not to make up more BS.

Frank R
Frank R

As much as I'm not fond of law suits, that is exactly what the parents should now do against the school district.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Just think of the implications of free college for all promised by some of the current Democratic candidates.

Basically, you will have all of America's youth, entitled to a free ride to study Art History or Basket Weaving for four years, live off of the taxpayers at prestigious universities costing $30k per year and up, and get indoctrinated by Liberal professors who will basically have guaranteed employment for life.

And when you make something guaranteed and "free" for everyone, what happens? The price natural skyrockets, because it it put into law that it is guaranteed. The quality also suffers, and the Universities will not be hiring their best qualified candidate professors; they will be looking people with pulses.

And you know darn well that they will lower standards, not requiring at a least a B average to maintain scholarship, not requiring crime-free behavior, and they will also give preference to certain ethnicities that tend to vote Democrat. It's just one more way to redistribute wealth and implement Socialism which destroys everywhere it takes root.

1/3 of Venezuelans are currently facing hunger, and 74% of families have had to change what they eat due to lack of money. It's what Socialism does everywhere it has been.

Meanwhile, currently in America, we have all-you-can-eat restaurants, and Universities that the rest of the world desires to attend.

Bud light 365
Bud light 365

That bastard school teacher needs to be fired immediately and never be able to teach anywhere ever again!!!

RWMc
RWMc

I live in Maryland. The city and county of Baltimore is a cesspool (remember the rat story a few months ago?). Fortunately I live east of the Chesapeake, where conservatives are in the majority. Unfortunately the liberal population of Baltimore is usually enough to carry the state for President and Senate offices. We are just a few steps behind California. I'd move to Wyoming if it wasn't for the winter weather.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

I won’t even bother to read this story but will say this; had this been about our last administration, arrests would have been made, people would have disappeared never to be heard from again

mike8999
mike8999

I didn't know Baltimore still even had school districts.

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

Time for a BEAT DOWN on Boston. Should be some Msrtha's Vinyard MAFIA THUGS looking for work.,😉

javaguy
javaguy

It's from Baltimore, what the hell do you expect?

NYPD
NYPD

Baltimore, the city where the majority of the candidates running for the mayors office have criminal records.

goodgentnsc
goodgentnsc

So when do the pictures of the NAACP's leaders go up everyone is racist they also need to put up a picture of LCD we all know he is a racist asshole

Green Lily
Green Lily

Here's where the problems now start, the schools. Instead of learning math, science, and other subjects, the students are being taught how bad the President is. They are being taught how racist, whites are, and how brutal the police are. Instead of teaching needed subjects, many schools are now teaching liberal and Socialist/Communist views instead.

Tsunamismommy
Tsunamismommy

Why didn't they make this meme when Clinton was wanting to deport illegals or Obama? Killing millions in gas Chambers is not the same as keeping people from entering our country illegally.

xcop985
xcop985

Stop all Federal funding to the school district now

LEO0301
LEO0301

Never let facts get in the way of liberal rhetoric.

"Under the Obama administration, ICE deported more than 385,000 each year in fiscal years 2009 through 2011, and hit a high of 409,849 in fiscal 2012 — prompting critics to dub Trump’s predecessor “the deporter in chief.” The numbers then dropped to below 250,000 in fiscal years 2015 and 2016.

Under Trump, by comparison, ICE deportations dropped to 226,119 in fiscal 2017, then inched up to over 250,000 in fiscal 2018 and hit a Trump administration high of 282,242 this fiscal year, as of June, the website reported."

I wonder the reaction if a meme of Obama was shown to the students pointing out what he did during his reign of terror. Maybe one that showed a picture of Obama with a quote from his hope and change campaign BS and below that photos from the Ferguson riots with Brown's step father yelling out "burn this fucker down"! Then some pics of the three white house reps Obama sent to the funeral of Brown, the guy who committed a robbery then attempted to kill a police officer. Yep, hope and change....

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

"The school district pushed back against assertions by outraged parents that such content was an attempt at political indoctrination."

How about we teach actual history and not try to "indoctrinate" children that don't belong to you? This is more political propaganda being pushed by liberals in an attempt to brain wash children into believing their nonsense. during my children's education years, I had to fire off many emails or speak to teachers in regards to things like this. Most of the time I would put the line, "Keep your political views or opinion about firearms out of your curriculum and concentrate on teaching reading, writing and arithmetic. My children don't need your views pushed on them. Period!".

kjn
kjn

The fact that this is an image used in a Public school classroom is disturbing, the fact that it is being defended is outrageous!

IOP75
IOP75

Baltimore Public School AP Class? Don't worry, no one was enrolled.

RunCop
RunCop

Liberal scum

RunCop
RunCop

The lowest common denominators....enough said

Pattonator
Pattonator

Why are these people not fired for ignorance as well as insensitivity. The teacher is supposed to be teaching an AP class but is showing that he knows no facts nor does he care that he is offending people who families were murdered by NAZI's and Communists. Neither of which is being done or suggested by Trump. It is the teacher using Brown Shirt techniques.

Tom202959
Tom202959

No when I say this I don’t agree with that I’m just saying so we should had a class taught that we should’ve rounded up weak minded Barack Obama and strung him up because he was black we should have a class about that and we can justify it that it’s OK. WOW 😮

-Jerith
-Jerith

If you can't tell when Devil's Advocate is being used as a tool to teach then keep those blinders on and stay out of the classroom. Education can be messy and isn't always easy to swallow if you dont know the direction the syllabus is pointing. That could be nearly any leader on that picture.

I'd call this a weak attempt or improper try to capture attention/interest on the subject. It's easy to dump on a political target because it triggers some immediately. Next time use a historical image you stupid 'hip' teachers.

Stop Criminals
Stop Criminals

Might be the only thing that is retained for the whole year. So not to worried. Unfortunately.

Zpwjs
Zpwjs

Let's look at it differently. Obama showed animosity towards Israel showings an antisemitic attitude so put his picture up instead.

FLYBOYTIM
FLYBOYTIM

Just as a note, you can look up the school and write the principal. Don't expect an answer back though.

flybynight
flybynight

“Charles Herndon, a spokesman for Baltimore County schools, said students in such advanced high school classes are ‘discerning, intelligent students who are going to be able to draw their own inferences and draw their own conclusions.’”

Oh sure they are. No, Mr. Herndon I'm sure they will think exactly what you intended them to think!!!!

JimboLovey
JimboLovey

No problem. President Trump will be reelected and laws will be put into effect to protect against calif. Type hatred.


News

FEATURED
COMMUNITY