Why a college professor is fighting back after students’ books, movies and other materials are used to teach history
Posted On June 11, 2021
A college professor has accused students of using a book about the Holocaust to teach historical topics.
John McFarland, professor of history at New York University’s Stern School of Business, published a book, “The Holocaust: An Oral History,” in 2014, after the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum released a version of the book.
The Holocaust is often cited as an example of a subject taught by students that has been misused, but McFarlands books focuses on an academic book he wrote.
McFarland said in an email to The Washington Post that the use of the Holocaust textbook in some classrooms, such as those of Middlebury College, is problematic because students often do not know what the book is about.
The university told the Post that it has been working with the Stern School to resolve the issue and that students will be required to learn the book’s history and key facts, including the events of World War II.
“The university has received many complaints from students who believe that their use of this book is misleading and misleading in some way, and has been aware of these concerns,” the university said.
McFalllands book includes extensive information about the Jewish people and events, such in the United States and Europe.
It was not included in the Stern’s 2015 catalog, which was published online.
The book includes a chapter on the Holocaust that describes the Holocaust in a historical context and then goes into detail about the events that followed.
The Jewish group Jewish Voice for Peace, which has called for the book to be pulled, called McFarlander’s allegations “dangerous” and said he had not told the school about his book until after it was published.
“It’s very disappointing and it shows a complete disregard for the fact that students are learning history, especially in an academic setting, and he doesn’t have the authority to decide when he’s right and when he should be corrected,” said JVP executive director Jonathan Greenblatt.
McLean, a professor of Jewish history at the University of Michigan, said he has received a number of emails from students, including those at Middlebury, who want the book removed from classrooms.
He said that students often ask him how to correct their mistakes.
He said that he is working with students to address the issue.
“I have students who have said that they’ve had some problems, and they’ve said it’s because they have this textbook, but it’s not that it’s their textbook,” McLean said.
“It’s the history they’ve been given.”
McFarlands book was pulled from Middlebury classrooms after it became clear that some students had used it in a classroom setting, according to a statement from the school.
McFarlanders book is not part of the Sterns catalog, but was part of a larger collection, “Bible-Based Seminar: Essays on Biblical Perspectives on the Twentieth Century,” that was published in 2014.
The statement from Middlebrook said that while McFariles book does not appear to be a book that has any historical relevance, it was used in an appropriate context.
McGill said in a statement that the university had been working to resolve McFarlishs concerns with the book and that it will provide students with information to help them understand what it is they are reading, and to avoid re-distributing materials in the future.
McGreenblatt called the university’s position a “huge error,” and he called on the Jewish community to work with the university and McFars school to find a way to resolve this issue.
McCallum, a Jewish professor at the Catholic University of America, said in her email that McFarals books “would be a huge waste of resources, time, and money” for students.
“They’re not trying to teach us anything.
They’re just teaching us to be ignorant about the real history of the world,” she wrote.”
Instead of teaching history, students are going to spend all their time learning about Jesus.”