Republican lawmakers in Maryland are expressing outrage over a history lesson slide that appears to compare President Donald Trump to the rise of Nazism in pre-World War II Germany as well as Soviet-style Communism.
A photo of the slide was posted by state Del. Kathy Szeliga to her Facebook page, in which she said she would be demanding answers.
School administrators from Loch Raven High claimed that the photo was taken “out of contest” of the overall history lesson, according to a response Szeliga received.
“The slide was used as part of a lesson in an AP History course. The topics being discussed included World Wars and the attempts by some leaders to limit, or prevent migration, into certain countries. In isolation and out of context with the lesson, the image could be misunderstood,” the statement said.
“In our Advanced Placement (AP) classes, which are college level courses, we expect and encourage analysis and discussion around historical and current events even if they are considered controversial. This lesson was not intended to make a political statement,” it continued.
Two captions under Szeliga’s post read, “wants to round up a group of people and build a giant wall” and “oh, THAT is why it sounds so familiar!”
Republicans in Maryland weren’t satisfied with the school’s response.
“It is horrific. It is educational malfeasance,” Szeliga said Friday at a meeting of the county’s delegation.
Baltimore County Councilman Wade Kach called it “a piece of propaganda” that didn’t belong in a classroom.
The school system said the issue had become a personnel matter “which will be appropriately addressed by the school administration and is not subject to further clarification.”