From the recollections of Chuck Dixon

We had a student teacher in my junior year of high school. I had a great history teacher that year. probably the best teacher I’ve ever had. he made you work hard and knew his stuff backwards and forwards and strived to make his passion contagious.

Anyhow, this student teacher filled in for him one day and began trotting out some BS received wisdom he’d picked up at college. He stated that there was no difference between the Holocaust and the slavery period in American history.

Well, we had an excellent teacher who taught us to think critcally and so this numbnuts was stunned when we begin arguing with him. And our arguments were cogent and well thought out. Sure, both the Holocaust and slavery were evil but one was about annihilation and the other cold commerce. Slavery, in its time, was accepted and legal. The mass murder of innocents was never either.

One kid, who I swore slept through most of the year, tore this guy a new one.

When backed into a corner and it was obvious we weren’t buying his line he accused us all of being rascists. The entire class.

Our teacher returned to the middle of this brouhaha and, once he got the gist of what was going on, ripped into the college kid like Sherman through Georgia.

It was a rare, sweet moment.

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Posted on July 12, 2004 at 11:08:26 AM