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N.Y.: Homework asks students to argue against dropping bomb during WWII
Parents of a New York student are outraged after finding their daughter’s homework that instructed her to formulate an argument against dropping the atomic bomb during World War II.
“Both of our grandfathers were in World War II and this worksheet makes it seem as if they were the bad guys,” the girl’s father, Bob Fisher, told Fox News’ Todd Starnes.
The eighth-grade class at Victory Junior High School was given the assignment — titled, “Why Did the U.S. Drop the Bomb?” — to learn about the Unites States’ involvement in WWII.
“[E]ven now, people are still dying from the effects of the atomic bomb,” the worksheet states. “The effects were so awful it is necessary to ask the question, ‘Why did the US drop the bomb when the war was nearly over?’”
The students were then given four “possible” reasons why the U.S. dropped the bomb, including the ideas that “Americans believed Japan would never surrender” and “the bomb cost a lot of money to develop and the U.S. wanted to use it,” Fox News reports.
Students were also instructed to write an argument against the Hiroshima attack “which you hope will stop the bombing.”
“As if somehow the Japanese were the victims and that the United States had no right to do what they did,” Mr. Fisher added. “It totally takes away from the sacrifices made by their generation and we won’t stand by and not say something about it.”
Neither the principal at Victor Junior High School nor the superintendent returned numerous calls seeking comment, Fox News reports.
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