Waaay back in high school and college debate, my coaches drilled their teams on, among many things, the stupidity of comparing anything to the Holocaust or Nazis. They had several reasons (trivializing horror, reductionism, absurdity, over-elevated rhetoric), but the most simple? As soon as you do, listeners know you’ve left reality behind. Nearly nothing people compare to the Holocaust bears any real resemblance.
The education agenda is a holocaust against our children. Please understand I am speaking as a grandson of a Holocaust survivor. This is truly as bad or worse than what was done to the Jewish people only it is happening to innocent young people. It is frightening to me.
This person probably sincerely believes this—but that makes his assertion all the more frightening, because it demonstrates how poorly he thinks. Especially as someone with a personal relation to the Holocaust (the subject of my senior thesis), he should have no excuse for such an inflammatory, patently false accusation and, worse, a terrible misunderstanding of history.
Gov. Daniels’ school reforms allow children and families more choice and less interference from government with family decisions about education. This was clearly not Hitler’s policy. Rather, he divided children from their families, wrenched away family decision-making, and put the state at the center of thought and power.
By 1939, 90 percent of children in Germany were members of the Hitler Youth. Hitler believed that this aspect of his regime was extremely important because it introduced the Nazi ideology at a young, impressionable, age. The Hitler Youth created a generation that only embodied characteristics that were compatible with Nazism and emphasized the passing on of these characteristics to future generations. This played a major role in ensuring Hitler of the success of the “Thousand Year Reich,” as all future generations would be subjected to this same indoctrination.
Please tell me whether state centralization of youth and education seems more compatible with Nazism than does decentralization and more freedom of choice. Inquiring minds really want to know.