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Free speech is one thing. And there's a heuristic purpose sometimes in having people confront very controversial issues to hone their debating or argument skills. But that really doesn't apply to 8th graders who lack the maturity to make these distinctions. Nor is this an "issue" in any reasonable sense. But beyond that it's the second clause, which in other parts of the assignment becomes whether the Holocaust was manufactured as "a propaganda tool that was used for political and monetary gain."
These ideas come right out of the most hardcore white supremacist Holocaust denial playbook. It's just not possible think that whoever devised this was just tone deaf.
So I remain curious: just who came up with this?