A Wednesday evening meeting which was meant to address a controversial eight-grade school assignment regarding the validity of the Holocaust was called an “epic fail” by a school board member and has a local assemblywoman calling for the “reeducating” of the youth who have been “misled” about facts surrounding the Holocaust “as a result of this assignment.” The assignment, which was given to eighth graders by the Rialto Unified School District in San Bernadino County, was part of a “misguided” attempt to satisfy Common Core curriculum requirements in critical thinking. It asked the nearly 2,000 students assigned to evaluate whether the Holocaust–deemed the worst genocide of the 20th Century–really happened or if it was just a myth that was created for “political and monetary gain.” Following emotional, personal speeches by Rabbi Hillel Cohn of Congregation Emanu El in Redlands and from Rabbi Suzanne Singer of Temple Beth El in Riverside, a reportedly choked up Rialto Unified School District board member Joseph Martinez said “It [the assignment] should have never happened… We have, in fact, had epic fails,” according to the Contra Costa Times. Rabbi Cohn had displayed identification papers that were given to him and his family by Nazi guards labeling them as
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