Lesson Plan: “One day in 1967, a Palo Alto high school student asks his history teacher how the German people could have missed the signs of the ongoing genocide being perpetrated by the Nazis. This innocent question ignites an idea, and teacher Ron Jones launches a classroom ‘simulation,’ or experiment, to illustrate how good Germans -how anyone – could fall prey to totalitarian thinking.”
It’s not a high-concept Hollywood studio release. It’s an indie documentary. The experiment actually took place, with pretty creepy results. It’s a piece of recent American history with which I wasn’t familiar. I wonder if I’m the only one? Amusingly enough, the teacher who launched the experiment wasn’t exactly a right wing extremist. On the contrary. Let’s just say this docu might bring a smile to Jonah Goldberg’s [happy] face. Anyway, Read the whole thing™.
Lesson Plan was screened at the Newport Beach Film Festival last week. I can’t find any information on whether it’s available for home watching just yet; but a decent documentary can often find distribution pretty easily, compared to fiction movies. It may be coming to Netflix instant before you know it…
UPDATE: If you’re near Vancouver, you may be able to catch a screening this week. The movie’s official site is here.
MORE: Linked by Ed Driscoll at Insty’s. Thanks!
Also, compare and contrast with actual, college-level, non-simulated instruction in the methods of labor union shocktroop tactics. Astounding, when you think about it, the sort of conduct that can be excused in the name of pursuing certain political goals. But then again, (More …)