Baltimore County AP History Class Lumps President Trump with Communism and Nazism
The Blaze reported that a Baltimore County school is currently under fire for a lesson presentation which drew parallels between President Donald Trump’s immigration policies and the totalitarian ideologies of Nazism and Communism.
The lesson slide garnering so much outrage shows depicts Trump with a caption that reads, “Wants to round up a group of people and build a giant wall.” Beneath the Trump image and caption are two images, one of a swastika that reads “been there,” and the other image was one that reads “done that.”
The slide also read, “Oh that’s why it sounds so familiar!”
According to WBFF-TV, the image was presented in class on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. Parents are fuming about this content.
“The biggest problem is pushing an agenda on 16-year-olds,” one parent told WBFF. “My understanding is that was just put up and it was left there for everyone to see the whole day.”
Republican State Representative Kathy Szeliga also found about this controversial lesson. She commented on Facebook, “Educational malfeasance of the highest degree. What is going on in our the Balt Co Public Schools????”
Baltimore County councilman Wade Kach said to WBFF, “To even imply that our president is in any way a Nazi or a communist is outrageous. Is this curriculum for AP? 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.”
In a statement, Baltimore County schools broke the silence:
This 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.
However, it has yet to be determined who has created the slide. According to the WBFF report, the teacher did not create the slide. The Baltimore Sun also chimed in and said the school system did not make this slide.
The College Board, which is in charge of the AP program, does not set the curriculum for teachers.
Regardless of who made the slide, this incident just goes to show how politically biased public education has become. As the Left’s control over education grows stronger, conservatives will need to consider alternative education arrangements.