Sunday, December 25, 2005

The students at Pittsfield Middle High School seemed to have missed the point just a tad.

The students at Pittsfield Middle High School in Pittsfield, N.H., seemed to have missed the point just a tad.

Seeking to teach a lesson in empathy and on the life of teenage Holocaust victim Anne Frank, an English teacher in this central New Hampshire town asked students to make and wear the yellow stars that Nazis forced the Jews to affix to their clothing. Students got an A-plus for wearing the star to class, and extra credit for wearing it in the halls or to other classes.

'The students at Pittsfield Middle High School in Pittsfield, N.H., seemed to have missed the point just a tad. The teacher explained to the Concord Monitor that although he had no Jewish children in his class, his exercise was intended to help students come to some understanding of the Holocaust and what it means to be singled out purely on the basis of religion and ethnicity.

But several students balked. They said that as Christians they couldn't or wouldn't wear yellow stars. Instead they wore white Post-it notes inscribed: "We're not Jewish."

The teacher noted that these students appeared to miss the point of the exercise.

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