Published originally in Arutz Sheva.
The American Jewish Congress denounced the existence of a neo-Nazi home schooling network recently discovered in Ohio, offering its assistance to officials at all three levels of government in the fight against extremism in education.
“In response to these troubling reports, we strongly condemn these exhibits of hate, and we urge Ohio Governor DeWine, Superintendent of Public Instruction Siddens, and other leaders to immediately regulate and disrupt these dangerous homeschooling cells,” they said in a statement.
“Those at the helm of this extremist homeschooling outfit are doing so to ensure that ‘their children become wonderful Nazis.’ To hear that a parent is willing to try and impose the beliefs of those responsible for the extermination of six million Jews and countless other innocents during the Holocaust, shakes us to our core,” the American Jewish Congress added. “With more than [2,500] subscribers sharing their hate-fueled curriculum – it marks a further testament to that fact; one which cannot be ignored.”
Ohio’s department of education is investigating the homeschooling network that claims public schools are run by “Zionist scum,” teaches kids to say “Sieg Heil” in class and instructs fellow parents not to give their kids “Jewish media content.”
These are the more than 2,500 members of the “Dissident Homeschool Network,” a channel on the social network messaging app Telegram. The “dissidents” are a group of Nazi parents who share homeschooling lesson plans extolling the virtues of Hitler and white nationalism. The founders of the group were recently unmasked by a hate group monitor as a couple in rural Upper Sandusky, Ohio.
“The American Jewish Congress has been a leading force in the fight to ensure that the lessons of the past, and the abhorrent rise seen in antisemitism, receive the critical attention they deserve,” the advocacy group said. “As such, we are committed to working with leaders in local and State governments, and those at the Federal level, to ensure that these acts of heinous deportment are combatted swiftly and effectively.”
Praising the recently introduced Holocaust Education and Antisemitism Lessons (HEAL) Act, a measure introduced in Congress to understand what types of curricula on the Holocaust, or lack thereof, exist throughout American schools, the organization noted that “reports like what is being spread throughout Ohio homeschooling communities indicate just how much work there is to be done.”
Legislation is needed to “directly combat dangerous misinformation like Holocaust denial and fight back against the lack of knowledge our students may hold surrounding one of the darkest hours in Human History,” they added.