Dilemmas in Education: A Casebook for Ethical Reasoning

Case Title

Lost in Translation

Case Level

Higher Education

Applicable Topics

Diversity, Elementary Education


The majority of teachers in America would expect to and be prepared to teach the svastika symbol in relations to Nazi Germany, Hitler, the Holocaust, and as a symbol of White supremacy groups and hatred towards anyone who is not Blonde Haired and Blue Eyed. What would happen then, if a student doodled the svastika for fun or as an art project not related to the history or social studies curriculum?

Case Keywords

Teacher Education, Cultural Diversity, Religious Diversity, English Language Learners, Linguistic Diversity, Religion, Judaism, Hinduism, Neo-Nazis, Hitler, Symbols

Applicable areas of the Eight Key Questions

Empathy, Rights, Responsibilities, Outcomes, Character



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