After a mindless comment wherein he claimed that Nazis should be treated impartially while teaching history, State Sen. Scott Baldwin from Indiana backtracked and apologized for the blunder he had made.
During a hearing on an education bill recently, Baldwin suggested that teachers “take a position” on Nazis.“Marxism, fascism, Nazism, I’m not discrediting any of those ‘isms’ out there,” he said. “I believe that we’ve gone too far when we take a position on those ‘isms.’ We need to be impartial. We just provide the facts. The kids formulate their own viewpoints.”
The above comment by Baldwin was in response to Baldwin’s to a teacher who was concerned that an education bill being discussed would bar teachers from teaching students about “certain concepts” which he said would prevent him from teaching about slavery, the Jim Crow era, and Nazis.
As it stands, the bill in question, co-sponsored by Baldwin and six other Republicans, doesn’t mention any specific ideology, Nazi or otherwise, but would ban teachers from talking about “certain concepts.”
Soon after his comment that struck a wrong chord with the Jewish community, Baldwin apologized via a statement sent to the Indy Star. The statement read, “Nazism, Marxism, and fascism are a stain on our world history and should be regarded as such, and I failed to adequately articulate that in my comments during the meeting. I believe that kids should learn about these horrible events in history so that we don’t experience them again in humanity.”