• Michael Zank

    Michael Zank is a College of Arts & Sciences professor of religion and director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies; he can be reached at mzank@bu.edu. Profile

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There are 5 comments on POV: What Went Wrong in Duxbury? And What Can We Do about It?

  1. Longtime Duxbury resident and mother of kids who graduated from DHS here. Good piece; I agree that holocaust/genocide instruction should be mandatory statewide. But Maimaron absolutely deserved to be fired. DHS has had an elective class about the holocaust for years, and for years Maimaron was the assistant teacher in that class. He has no excuse for permitting kids to use those terms during football practices and games (which has been going on for years by the way).

  2. Most likely the coach was aware of the team’s Jewish themed audibles. Also likely is that he did not consider their use offensive.

    Is Duxbury a Jew free town? If not, why didn’t a Jewish parent complain, particularly if the practice had been going on for some years?

    Perhaps in some strange way, the coach’s teaching of a Holocaust class led him to use Jewish themed calls. Clearly the class did not make him sensitive to how others, Jews in particular, would see the practice.

    As Jew myself, I think using Auschwitz as a play call is wrong, and should have been ended. Less clear is whether malice was intended and if the error in judgement is unforgivable.

  3. This article is historically misleading. There is no mention of real perpetrators at all. Auschwitz was established and run by Germans who occupied Poland in September of 1939.

  4. Misleading piece, you have not talked to the people involved and base everything on press releases and comments. I think the colleges pumping out the teachers in our public schools should be held accountable for bringing there thoughts into the schools. An example is a student at DHS who wrote a letter to the school brass about being bullied by teachers for expressing other than there thoughts,
    and the fact that his 5 year old brother was being taught to hate President Trump over the border wall. His letter was read to the world on Fox but nothing happened at the schools.
    I was informed that the Holocaust elective course included a part on Muslems suffering just as much and more and was not taught by Dave Mamerion. Rabbi is teacher, Dreydl is a toy the third word is bad but if everyone who used the wrong word was eliminated there would be no one left

  5. Teachers and coaches have real influence on students, positively and negatively. What is the learning opportunity lost when they chose those Jewish terms… what did that terminology mean in that context for them? How do we correct and educate? It is easy to fire, but harder to educate or expand the conversation. How does everyone learn from this? Reading the conversation thread above makes me feel that we have to figure out a way to address mistakes, even fire if needed, and continue the conversation about it. I find this use of these terms in this context wrong. But I don’t know if all the parties or the community involved learned anything from this. How do we expand the ability to converse about hard things and mistakes and improve?

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