A 40-Year Teaching Career Ending After Trump/Hitler Comparison in Mountain View

Frank Navarro has taught history and special education at Mountain View High School for 40 years.

Frank Navarro has taught history and special education at Mountain View High School for 40 years. (Beth Willon/KQED)

After teaching history and special education at Mountain View High School for 40 years, Frank Navarro can barely get the words out of his mouth. They came haltingly, in fits and starts.

“I will not be coming back, and it’s very hard for me to say that,” Navarro said. “I love this job. I mean, I feel like I can learn something from it every day.”

Navarro said he’s retiring in June because the Mountain View Los Altos High School District showed him little respect by putting him on paid leave on Nov. 10 to investigate a complaint about his world history lesson comparing Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler. Navarro returned to school on Nov. 14 after significant public outrage and a change.org petition calling for his return generated thousands of signatures.

Mountain View Los Altos High School District Superintendent Jeff Harding said the short investigation wasn’t about Navarro’s Trump/Hitler lesson, but Harding was vague about what he now calls “a series of concerns over numerous weeks before the election.”

“The district had an obligation to pursue various concerns that came to the school administration,” Harding said.

Navarro said after he was brought back from leave, Harding privately apologized to him, admitting the situation wasn’t handled properly. Navarro wanted a public apology but said Harding would not do it.

Harding said he told Navarro it was an unfortunate circumstance that played out in public but it was not an apology.

“I don’t think the district mishandled the situation,” said Harding.

Navarro said it all started about three weeks before the Nov. 8 election when he gave a historical lesson on Hitler’s rise to power in Germany from 1930 to 1933 and compared it to Donald Trump’s platform.

“Adolf Hitler said he’d make Germany great again. Donald Trump said he’s going to make America great again,” Navarro said. “Hitler focused on the Jews as the great peril of Germany, and Trump focused on the Muslims and talk about a registry and keeping Muslims out of the country.”

Navarro is an expert on the Holocaust and has studied at the International Center for the Study of the Holocaust in Jerusalem. The 65-year-old was also named a Mandel Fellow for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

After the lesson, Navarro said the principal came to him and said the parent of a student sent an email and was put off with his Trump/Hitler comparison.

“I told him it would be beneficial to all involved if we sat down and kicked around the history,” Navarro said. “We could do it over coffee. I offered to do it with the parent, and I was greeted with silence.”

Then, two days after the election, Navarro said he was asked to come to the principal’s office with a union representative. At that point Navarro said the assistant superintendent read him the parent’s email but wouldn’t let him see it.

“The parent said in the email that I said Donald Trump is Hitler and that Trump hates Jews, Mexicans and African-Americans,” Navarro said. “And I countered I would never say that because it was sloppy historical thinking.”

Navarro said there were also other accusations that he had never heard anything about.

“I was also accused of feeding propaganda to my students and real bias, and then I was quickly informed I was on leave. I was to leave the campus immediately,” Navarro said.

Navarro said he was told he would likely be returning to campus the following Wednesday after an investigation, including interviews with students.

At this point, Navarro doesn’t believe there was an investigation because the students left school an hour after he left campus and they had Friday off for Veterans Day. He was back on the job Monday after the superintendent called him over the weekend.

But Harding said it didn’t  take long to question students or Navarro and that was completed.

Navarro had been considering retiring at one point, but said he was planning to put it off for a couple of years because he loves the exchange with students.

Since the election of Trump, Navarro said these are perilous times for teachers in the classroom.

“I would hope that no teacher self-censors, and I would hope that the administration looks carefully at what is being said before they move on somebody,” Navarro said.

It’s clear Navarro still loves being in a classroom, and will be a reluctant retiree in June. But he said it’s hard for him to accept the lack of respect for his job as a teacher.

“After 40 years, don’t I deserve a little more?” Navarro said.

  • I feel sorry for the parent who was clearly–and, IMHO, inappropriately–put off (threatened, perhaps?) by a timely and legitimate historical comparison undertaken by an experienced trained in Holocaust issues; IMHO, the parent– and the principal–should have been thrilled that the kids were learning critical thinking skills from a skilled and experienced professional like Frank Navarro.

    I was extremely lucky to have many “controversial” teachers like Frank Navarro (mine were Mr. Carlini, Mr. Matsueda, Coach Warren, Ray Doherty, “Rusty” Reed, Charles Jay Selby, Alan Baldwin, and more) who taught me critical thinking in public school classes: I learned priceless citizenship skills from them that have served me well in 45+ years of active engagement in democracy since I graduated from Sequoia High School in Redwood City in 1969.

    Shame on the principal for not having the integrity to stand up for his skilled, experienced teacher–and for critical inquiry. Without these necessary and legitimate discussions of controversial topics in the classroom, how are young people going to learn the critical thinking skills they need to be intelligent, discerning, and functioning citizens in our ever-more-turbulent democracy?

    • Sadie Carlson

      I couldn’t have said it better. Navarro taught me to think critically about current events and to look towards history as a reference. What more can one ask for from high school history.

      • annjohns

        I wish you could give me an example of your ability to think critically. Believing there is any reasoned and logical argument for comparing Hitler…Hitler! to Trump is fallacious and offensive to Jews like myself.

      • Jeremiah

        What one can ask is that a compare and contrast be done, with Trump, and then with Hilliary, which will allow students to think on their own. Liberals fear people thinking on their own, because they may come to different conclusions than what the liberal wants them to.

    • Wally Damron

      I don;t think it is a legitmate comparison, but at the same time, I do not think that the Teacher should have been put on leave. It was legitamate to compare them, but not a legitmate comparison, but definately to constructively argue about.

      Very few people can be compared to what Hitler planned for the Jews and Trump is not one of them.

      • ammerique

        It’s a little early to say that Trump is not one of them, he clearly has fascist tendencies and I think those similarities need to be taught to children. Let’s revisit in 4 years how much more closely Trump will align to Hitler.

        • johnnycoyo

          Let’s hope he is impeached before we get there …it may be too late ! Of course then we will have the cretinesque Pence ….YIKES !

        • Jeremiah

          Did he spend equal time comparing how Hilliary’s campaign is similar to Hitler’s?
          (Socialism, Gun control, limiting freedom of speech, support of the media,
          Reminder: Adolf Hitler was a national socialist.
          Gun Registration: The Nazi’s prohibited people from owning guns, especially the Jews. But the Nazis themselves? They were allowed guns.
          Higher Taxes. Hitler imposed huge taxes on Jewish wealth (along with a 50% surtax on most German groups)
          Economic Policy. Nazis and Hitler loved public works programs. Like building “roads and bridges.” (While taxing and over-regulating private businesses)
          Abortion. Yes, the Nazis and Hitler loved abortion. You know who else loves abortion? Hillary and leftists. You know who doesn’t even like abortion? Republicans.
          Then did he spend equal time on the ways that both sides are NOT like Hitter? Then if he did all 4, then we are on to opening minds and letting kids make their own decisions…

          • Kendall Carlile

            Of course he didn’t…. since when does the liberal left look at anything, but thru their own eyes?

          • Lindsay

            When you, or Jeremiah, have the knowledge, experience and credentials to critique Mr. Navarro’s teaching style and the material he presented, then come and talk, based on your study and knowledge. Until then, you’re just name-calling and exposing your ignorance.

            Mr. Navarro offered to have an open discussion of the history behind his lesson with everyone involved. He was met with silence. So through whose eyes are we supposed to look through at that? Navarro has actually studied history, in substantial depth one would assume, from his credentials and the statement of his experience. I would think that any parent truly interested in the education of their children would jump at the chance fo such a discussion, even if, I daresay especially if they disagree with with something the teacher has said. But no, the emerging style of the new fascist America is to snipe at people, especially educated, thoughtful people, anonymously and keep them as far away from our prejudices as possible.

          • Kendall Carlile

            Lindsay, go do some reading on your own, then you’ll know how factually incorrect his teaching is… Hitler was a disgruntled vet and military strategist.. Trump was NEVER even in the military..

            But please read, and come back with dates and facts. Then comment..

            https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Hitler's_rise_to_power

          • Lindsay

            Kendall, I looked over your Wikipedia citation. I don’t think it’s relevant. A lot of my knowledge comes from reading of Richard J. Evans’s book “The Coming Of the Third Reich” which is a very thorough look at Germany in the 1930s and Hitler’s rise to power. I recommend it.

            I never said anything about Trump and the military, nor, apparently did Mr. Navarro. Benito Mussolini didn’t serve in the Italian military either, so I don’t see what this has to do with anything. Nor does Beth Willon’s article make any reference to Mr. Navarro’s “teaching” in this regard. She says only that “three weeks before the Nov. 8 election he gave a historical lesson
            on Hitler’s rise to power in Germany from 1930 to 1933 and compared it
            to Donald Trump’s platform.” Navarro is a man who has made a professional study of this period of history, and is alarmed, as are many of us, by the parallels. I’m sure that had he seen similar parallels with Hillary Clinton’s campaign he would have called them out, but perhaps he, like many of us, did his best to get to the bottom of the stories behind the “Crooked Hillary” meme and found that below their loud and garish surface, these stories dissolved into smoke and mirrors – mostly sound and fury, signifying nothing.

          • Jeremiah

            It’s not smoke and mirrors, here-say, or some biased news site (aren’t they all…)
            -watch the hearings live or on u-tube of Comey saying “yes, she used more than one device (13) yes there were classified emails, yes she broke the law, yes, unauthorized people saw and had access to the emails, including all the way down to her maid, yes she deleted 33,000 emails, yes she lied Etc

          • Kendall Carlile

            It isn’t relevant? Historical dates and facts aren’t relevant??? Instead, you read a book by a author ?? So one person’s interpretation is how you base your information on the fall and rise of the Third Reich ?? I just don’t even know where to go from there… my position is on dates, places, facts and the information of hundreds of political people and military history at that time… Guess that’s the end of it, I’m never going to judge history by one person’s take on it.

          • Kendall Carlile

            And if they merely cover his rise to power in the 1930’s… that already tells me the author is 99% misinformed. To understand Hitler, you have to go all the way into his childhood, and WW I… and expert in history will confirm that.

          • Lindsay

            Jeremiah, you need to read a little history before you start spouting nonsense about which you know obviously know little or nothing. Hitler was NOT a socialist, by any interpretation of the word. He was a fascist. Hitler and the Nazis did NOT prohibit the ownership of guns. This was accomplished by the 1928 gun registration law that had replaced a total ban on gun ownership imposed on a defeated Germany after World War I. The 1928
            law created a permit system to own and sell firearms and ammunition. The Nazi’s inherited this system when the came to power, and actually liberalized gun ownership laws to some extent. The Nazi’s did NOT “love abortion”. Hitler believed the proper place for women was in the home, making babies, and both abortion and contraception were outlawed. in 1938 a Nazi-controlled court in Germany ruled that abortions should be freely available for Jewish women. Otherwise, the Nazi regime encouraged pregnancy and birth and gave families bonuses for having children. On taxation, the Nazis imposed a 50% tax on all incomes under the Wartime Economy Ordinance, and then promptly rescinded this for all but the wealthiest Germans. If you were Jewish, of course, your property was subject to total confiscation. The Nazi war machine was funded by confiscations of wealth both internally from Jews, and from conquered countries. Support of the media? I don’t know where this comes from. It makes sense like tits on a bull! Hitler and the Nazis immediately moved to shut down newspapers published by opposition parties, and many printing presses were destroyed. Are you saying that Hillary supports a free press? Are you saying that Trump should shut down or exclude access to his administration (which he’s already doing) those media which oppose him, as Hitler did? Socialism? That is such a knee-jerk thing to say that your entire rant is discredited by it. Every time you ride on a public road, every time you fly safely because of the oversight of the ATC system, every time you send you kids to school, every time you buy food with the security of knowing that it’s been inspected and certified to be safe – every time you do ANY of these things you’re enjoying the benefits of socialism. Get used to it. It’s the way good government works.

            So your blathering about how “Hilliary’s campaign is similar to Hitler’s” is just that – blathering. When you have amassed the knowledge, credits and experience that Mr. Navarro has then come back and talk to us. In the mean time, you’re just exposing yourself as a partisan fool.

            And yes, I’m a LIBERAL, and a proud American. And never forget that a lot of Liberals own guns too, although we’d damn sure rather not see things come to the point of a shooting war in the US.

          • Jennifer Anderson Wagner

            Let’s not forget that the reason we discuss Trump at all in lieu of Clinton is because he will be our president. Clinton is a moot point, despite the popular vote. I taught Holocaust history for several years and brought concentration camp survivors to speak to my students. People don’t appreciate hearing the unvarnished history of the past. They are also less likely to believe that they voted for a man who might likely be the undoing of our country. Hitler built a campaign on propaganda and racism. He spoon-fed the country on it, which existed throughout the world before he took power. The time was ripe for his rule. Only time will tell how much Americans are willing to remain unengaged and apathetic to what may be done in the name of “Making America Great Again.” I daresay, America has never achieved it, but I have hope that we will. I hope that Trump will be good for a country who truly wants positive change for ALL Americans. We have the most of everything in the country. All of us should have good lives, regardless of race, creed, color, sexual orientation etc. That is the very foundation of our country.

          • Jeremiah

            Sooo…did he give equal time, or not? Allow for a discussion?

        • annjohns

          ” I have a pen and a phone” that sounds pretty fascist to me. Luckily we have a constitution that allows the reversal of executive powers.

          • Mloren

            not when the other 2 branches are in cahoots, my dear!

      • lausdteacher

        But you can compare the tactics which were quite similar. When you see what happened in the days immediately after the election it is clear that America can tilt toward pre -genocide.

        • annjohns

          What!?

      • Delmarmama

        Hitler didn’t start with sending Jews to their death. Trump is probably more like Putin, encouraging his followers to “beat people up”, etc.

      • Richard Sanderson

        Nobody is saying that Trump is like Hitler. Nobody will ever be as evil as Hitler. But there are similarities in the mechanism that brought them to power.

        • 19th-Century Radical

          “Nobody will ever be as evil as Hitler.” You have more faith than I do.

        • Patti Ireland

          actually, there are many who think that Trump is as evil as Hitler. Perhaps more so, because his motivation is not a delusion about particular groups of people, but is totally about money, and a willingness to marginalize anyone and everyone for profit.

        • Jeremiah

          See, that’s the problem, the ‘teacher’ did draw the comparison, without any different discussion

      • Michael Sagehorn

        The comparison was not about Hitler’s government(he had help ) and his barbarism but rather his rise to power and his supporters in that rise to power.

        • Jeremiah

          Can you admit truthfully who 99.9% of the Trump supporters are? And compare them to who 20-40% of the Hilliary supporters are?

      • Sean Kumar Sinha

        Wally,

        The teacher made comparisons with how Trump used a very similar political platform to Hitler in order to secure support. It is a very legitimate comparison if you look at the lesson here: That Hitler and Trump both used the same tactics to come to power. They both promised to bring jobs back, make their countries great again and placed blame on minorities for the countries issues. How is that not a legitimate comparison? He didn’t say that Trump is Hitler, he merely pointed out that they used similar rhetoric to come to power.

        • annjohns

          Can you provide us with his lesson plans or better yet a video of what exactly he was saying. That would be instructive.

        • Jeremiah

          Call me fascist…for a typical fascist platform: bring jobs back, make our country great! Only a lunatic fascist (or every president elect) would come up with those ideas…
          More similarities–Did they both wear clothes!? Even ate food?? There’s the proof…
          Where there any counter-points allowed during the ‘discussion?’

      • gorgegirl

        When Trump begins to register Muslims, does he have to tattoo the numbers on their arms for you to begin to see the likeness?

        • Lindsay

          Tattoos are so 20th century! No, they’ll be RFID’d.

      • annjohns

        Only if there was debate and argument which I highly doubt occurred

      • Mike Browne

        Right. Trump only has plans for Mexicans.

    • Jason leong

      Completely agree, we ask teachers to help students think critically about issues instead of taking things for face value. It is disheartening that when one, such as mr navarro, does exactly that he is punished for that. It appears education administrators need to learn they can’t have their cake and eat it to.

      • annjohns

        Once again, critical thinking occurs when one is presented arguments for more than one side. This is indoctrination. And its dangerous.

        • Mloren

          it’s

      • Jeremiah

        Let’s give other opinions and differing viewpoints to allow for critical thinking, otherwise, what is it called when only one biased ideology is crammed down your throat?

        • Mike Browne

          It’s called conservative propaganda.

          • Jeremiah

            To summarize, a differing viewpoint is conservative propaganda and the other is the ‘correct opinion.’ Sending me to the gallows if I express a differing opinion?

    • Jeremiah

      To help you and others know and clarify what the problem is, it is that there was NOT a discussion, but a one-way comparison; other opinions were not explored, and moreover perhaps not allowed. One rumor is that one kid was told to ‘shut-up.’ True or not, no other viewpoints were ‘discussed’ which would allow people to critically think and then come to their own conclusions, something ironically that liberals do not want others to do, because it may differ from theirs–and that’s the one thing that the left does not tolerate…

      • Richard Sanderson

        If what you say is true, Jeremiah, then that’s not a proper way to conduct a class. However, I must caution everyone that unless the class was videotaped, we are relying on hearsay evidence and, as you say, “rumor,” which given the divisive nature of the recent election, could have been spun to favor one side or the other. Nevertheless, this election provides a great opportunity to examine the rise of authoritarianism in politics, which is where the link exists between Hitler’s and Trump’s rise to power. There’s some fascinating new research along this line that would make a great class lesson. Obviously, all sides of the issue and all opinions should receive equal condideration in a classroom setting.

        • Jeremiah

          Agree Richard
          Nicely said

      • Richard Sanderson

        Please excuse the typo in the message I just posted. I was racing a dying battery in my iPad! 🙂

  • Jacqueline

    Yes you do deserve be a great deal of respect for teaching our kids to think, analyze, and judge for themselves! Now more then ever we need you and people like you in our classrooms!

  • Rick Bellamy

    its obvious you need to stay in place or move to college level where not only should you be more appreciated but more compensated for your invaluable historical perspective on matters at hand

    • Rick Bellamy

      we need folks like you shaping our youth please don’t give up because one close minded parent

    • Dave Feranchak

      You’re mistaken if you think that university teachers make more money than high school teachers. Why do people think that all of the time?!

      • Wally Damron

        Depends on the University. Harvard Teachers or Oxford, yes, they make more. small Universities you are correct they make far less and with less benefits.

  • Bum

    I’m sorry but getting misty about critical thinking is bunk. He’s clearly got a political agenda and doesn’t have the backbone to admit it. Any history TA can understand the differences between 1930 Germany and 2016 US. It’s as plain as the nose on his face what his agenda was AND it was an exercise in critical thinking.

    • MST66

      This man’s credentials are impeccable and it’s absurd for you to claim agenda. “Bum” is right. Mountain View should get rid of the superintendent and make a public and loud apology to this gifted teacher.

    • Parrot

      Well, I’m a PhD (not a TA) and I can detect the political agenda in your comment. You know why? Because all comments, teaching, speeches, sermons, parent/child discussions, etc. are political in that they take a perspective. So yes, he is a history teacher imparting agreed upon knowledge. As for the differences between 1930 Germany and 2016 US, we do have the internet now. If Hitler had Twitter, Mein Kampf could have been distributed in spurts of 140 characters or less – punctuated with “Sad” at the end.

      • gdanning

        I have no idea whether this teacher was pushing his political agenda or not – though I suspect that there was more going on than an objective comparison of Trump and Hitler — Mountain View is not exactly Biloxi, after all. But, as someone who taught for many years, your statement that all teaching is political, which is a claim I have heard many times, does not resolve the issue. The fact that all teaching takes a perspective does not relieve the teacher of the responsibility to be as objective as possible, to present opposing views, etc, etc. Too many of my colleagues used the truism that all teaching is inherently political as a license to blatantly try to impose their views on students. That is unacceptable, regardless of whether it comes from the left, right, or center, and if this teacher was guilty of that, then some sort of punishment was appropriate.

        • Mike C

          This viewpoint is why teachers are consistently hamstrung while reactionary school boards dictate pedagogy. …..because teaching historical comparison or evolution needs to inherently “consider the other side”. Garbage, plain and simple.

          • gdanning

            For any historical question worth discussing, there is always another side, because the historical record is inherently incomplete and ambiguous. Re: Trump and Hitler, for example, I am sure there are many similarities. But, I am equally sure that there are many differences, and there certainly is no right answer re: which differences/similarities are most significant. As for reactionary school boards, I very much doubt that that I the case here, given that Santa Clara County voted 73% for Clinton. http://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/president/county/santa-clara/

        • Parrot

          All we know from the story is the topic of the lecture- not the process involved in the lecture. For example, I lecture on highly charged political topics – I teach about research on gender, sexuality, family, inequality, etc.. all very political issues (in the reality of our current political order that regulates all of these things through governmental structures).

          Do I stop teaching about the topics or sharing the research? No. Do I present a range of research findings and compare the theoretical conclusions involved with each? Of course. And I also invite students to work through their own interpretations of research, often playing devil’s advocate along the way.

          However, the issue here is not the teaching process he took, it was the topic; that has serious and dangerous implications for the quality of our social fabric.

        • Michael Sagehorn

          gdanning- this is a comparison many historians have always made about populists. It’s a well trod instructional path. Sounds like the principal and the superintendent were PE majors.

          • gdanning

            Of course it is. But it is entirely possible that he did not present a discussion of the scholarship, but instead a diatribe. That certainly seems to have been the parent’s understanding of what happened, and I have seen teachers do similar things. If that is what he did, then he was wrong to do so. Of course, I also think it is wrong for teachers to put campaign posters in their classrooms for one candidate and not others, which I have also seen. But apparently a lot of teachers think that is ok.

        • Jeremiah

          Exactly; well said–if there were equal-time opposing views, then no problem!

    • testoclocles

      I can detect the fascism in your statement. History is about politics. Historians have political points of view. You may not like his politics, and most of us certainly don’t like yours!

    • Casey Peterson

      I think its unfair to make any comparisons to Hitler off limits. His propaganda model was amazing. That doesn’t mean I’m a Nazi-loving-jew-hater. I think you might be over-reacting to the generalization of Navarro’s comparison’s in the article. I’m pretty sure he has the knowledge, given his holocaust expertise, to objectively make comparison’s in greater detail than that.

      • Jeremiah

        That’s the problem, it wasn’t ‘objective.’

    • Plutosdad

      I know a few professors specializing in Germany at that time period. they ALL are scared of Trump . The only people I know who aren’t are the ones without PHDs. so perhaps you want to listen to more PHDs and fewer “history junkies” or TV pundits? There are differences, there are also similarities. And as someone once wrote “Trump is not Hitler, but Hitler also wasn’t ‘Hitler’ in the beginning”

      • Parrot

        You know, that’s on us as academics. We publish behind paywalls and congratulate one another within the confines of our ivory towers…. that’s not entirely a construct of our own doing; the corporatization of higher ed has many folks scared and tenure is an increasingly distant reality for most. The slow neo-liberalization of all of our venues of intellectual thought has landed us here.

        One of my students this semester wrote an essay on American Acceptionism. When I corrected the spelling, he said “no, that’s correct. I meant that.” We are complicit – and the onus falls on those of us fortunate enough to possess the knowledge to know better.

    • heavyheavysyrup

      Everyone has a political agenda. As a teacher for 40 years he has the right to make the comparison between the rise of two politicians. I thought Trump supporters were for job creation, not job retraction.

      • Jeremiah

        As a parent I’m for unbiased teaching

    • LF

      Dismissing a teacher without due process is exactly what a fascist would do.

  • Dan Saunders

    I expect that Mr. Navarro could have taught this author how to spell Adolf Hitler.

  • Jordan Bickett

    What would be the reaction to a lesson on Bernie Sanders and rise of Socialism in Russia, or Hillary Clinton’s middle eastern wars and the bloody history of imperialism? A lot of good points could be made but save it for the letter to the editor, don’t bring that into the classroom. Trump is a national disaster and he is unfit to be POTUS but this just seems irresponsible, or he knew this would happen and was planning on going anyway, the teacher.

    • Mike C

      The reaction from this historian would be puzzlement. What do you see in Sanders that reminds you of Soviet Russia (which is what, I assume, you are refering to), or Clinton and imperialism? Where is Clinton empire building? Please explain why your post is in any way meaningful.

      • tracit

        Socialism and Marxism are different things, as is communism. It was not socialism in Russia, even though they called themselves a socialist republic (nor was it a republic). That is probably why there aren’t any lessons comparing Bernie Sander to Soviet Russia.

      • Jordan Bickett

        My examples weren’t meant to be persuasive, they aren’t, but illustrative of the same kind of attenuated comparison that’s not fit for a history lesson in a classroom.

        • Scott Peltz

          They actually sound like great lessons as well. Comparing and contrasting big moments in history to what is currently going on is the best way to engage students in both the course material and world around them. Both of those comparisons were made by many people over the past year, so it would be beneficial for kids to be able to look at them critically and see if the comparisons hold up under scrutiny.

          • Jordan Bickett

            I totally agree with that. We need to engage students to think for themselves. Its just when people treat it like thier point of view is Truth with a capital T we have a problem. It’s just funny to me there is a freak out if you question Hillarys awful foreign policy record or question Sanders ideology but saying trump is Hitler is totally fine and banal.

          • Roger Grotewold

            Dear Jordan, At first I was attempting to understand your ideas that these discussion points shouldn’t be taught or used in a classroom setting. My mind was open and ready to understand what you were trying to explain for our understanding. Then your political bias appeared in your comment about Hillary’s awful foreign policy record and Sander’s political point of view. Then you stated that Trump was compared to Hitler, which never happened Sadly, Jordan, your bias has given you away and you have become nothing more than someone trolling this site. I would suggest that you might better spend your time taking an English 1 course at your local community college that will teach you proper grammar and spelling. For example, (thier) should be (their) and (Hillarys awful foreign policy) should be (Hillary’s awful foreign policy) showing possession. Try doing that and you might take a World History Course as well……………..MrG

          • Jordan Bickett

            Dear Roger, I don’t understand why your perception of what my political biases might be would prevent us from having a conversation. You say my bias has given me away… as what? If you guessed anti-Trump reformicon that would be closest to correct. I don’t think you or I need to hide our opinions on here, obviously the opposite should be true. I don’t think it’s fair to say I’m trolling, I think I’ve been respectful to everyone on the platform. As for your concern trolling about my education I can tell you I do have a degree from San Francisco State University, despite what my clumsy thumbs do as I type these comments out mostly on my phone, I belive I got a good education there. all best, Jordan

          • Roger Grotewold

            I do understand the clumsy thumbs thing. We probably all have a similar problem at times. The use of trolling on my part wasn’t meant to demean you and I apologize if you thought I was saying that. I am absolutely so sick and tired of hearing how crooked Hillary is or was or whatever the Pro Trump folks are saying about her
            . I tried this site because I hoped that we could all have a discussion about something other than more political junk. With that said, Jordan, it seemed to me that what you did with your commenting about Hillary and Sanders did nothing except continue a subject that was over last Tuesday. So you see, Jordan, your candidate WON, THE ELECTION IS COMPLETED. Please let it die a welcome death and let’s be concerned about Mr. Navarro and the situation that he has encountered in his teaching career. That should be what we are discussing, in my judgment……..MrG

          • Jordan Bickett

            I did not vote for Trump, he is not my guy. I voted for McMullin. Putting that aside, perhaps you and I and Mr Navarro would agree we need to edge the country back from populism, which is a potentially very dangerous force when channeled by irresponsible demagogues like Trump.

          • Roger Grotewold

            I thought you were an older guy, after viewing the tiny picture accompanying these comments. Then I saw that you are really a young guy with a lot of hair, when it isn’t shaved off, who must be some sort of teacher with an after school program in the Oakland area. I actually lived in the bay area as well, Mill Valley actually and I was stationed in the Air Force on top of Mt. Tamalpais at the 666th Radar Station. I have to say that Trump did recognize, probably almost by accident, that a large segment of ordinary American citizens were fed up with the elite politicians that have permeated our government institutions. I am not sure that Mr. Navarro was actually teaching to this factor, but I do think he is an outstanding educator who liked to create a classroom environment of wonder and exploration by his students. I taught for 38 years and my main goal was to help create a happy American that moved into adulthood with a feeling of being a positive contributor to society. In my judgment, Mr. Navarro has a similar goal in mind as a teacher. No amount of money can ever buy that feeling that a teacher gets when they know they helped make a young person a happy, contributing citizen in our great American Society. Have a nice Turkey Day, Jordan.

          • Jeremiah

            It’d be great if they gave equal time comparing Hilliary to Hitler as well, to engage the students in the world around them to see things critically on their own

      • Jeremiah

        Those are things that could have been discussed, too..

    • lausdteacher

      The comparisons are not the same. Democratic socialism and communism are NOT the same thing.

      • Sean Kumar Sinha

        Jordan thinks Marxism and Democratic Socialism are the same thing. He’s on the wrong footing before his argument even can begin.

        • Jeremiah

          Hitler’s national socialism and Hlliary and Bernie’s national socialism are very similar

      • Jeremiah

        Did they discuss that in class?

    • Jeremiah

      Agreed–when there isn’t equal time to other viewpoints, then it’s biased

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  • Christina Chan

    He probably won’t see this, but thank your Mr. Navarro!! But please don’t quit; now is when we need you, and I say that not in bias, but we need amazing educators to help the minds of tomorrow reach their full potential.

    • Catherine Adams

      Yes!!!

    • Linda Falconer Ford

      I so agree. Mr. Navarro – you are so on point on this issue it is indeed frightening. Students must be taught to think independently and not just parrot what they hear around them. Thank you for teaching them the historical comparisons. If we forget what has happened in the past and haven’t learned the lessons, we are destined to repeat them. Too many people are ignorant of this fact.

      • Jeremiah

        As long as he gave equal time to ‘all four sides’ (see above)

        • Dale Nitz

          Jeremiah; I’m betting you’re one of those pseudo Christians who only has a Bible so they can cherry-pick it to find something that would back up your biased and hateful thinking am I right? you really have no idea of that what you talk about

          • Jeremiah

            Nice counterpoint Dale–“I have no idea what I’m talking about.” Possibly true–that’s why I always ask for the counterpoints, and in the case of the teacher, none were given or allowed…
            Liberal insults (almost) always occur in within a maximum of the second sentence, but, I’m not sure if those are insults..?
            ‘Biased’ and ‘hateful’ (and racist and greedy) are the words liberals use most. I am biased–tell me one person in history that isn’t? Jesus Christ is biased–towards doing good
            and being good…Is bible-carrying bad? I don’t know, doesn’t sound it, but I don’t carry one so I am sheltered from those claims as I walk down the street…Is Pseudo-Christian bad? I’ll look it up, but I believe in God, an am “mostly kind-of” Christian, is that Pseudo? Geeze, a differing view than mine…is that my cue to be “offended?” I seem to miss the cue a lot because so many are so offended so easily..I guess I should be, so call me ignorant (and biased!) (but not hateful for asking for equal time.)

          • Again, what are you basing your “information” on – the story doesn’t mention ANYWHERE that any student was told to sit down and shut up. It does mention, specifically, that the e-mail, which Navarro was never permitted to see, was greeted by Navarro with the invitation to openly discuss his lecture. Contrary to most “conservatives,” who run around with their fingers in their ears shouting “la-la-la I can’t hear you,” sane, rational and well-informed individuals will always debate matters in a relaxed, non-confrontational manner, as navarro proposed. I doubt that with his credentials he was doing any more than bringing the undeniable similarities between the Trump campaign and Hitler’s rise to power to the attention of his students, as is a duty for any sane and responsible history teacher.

            As another scholar, having spent years of my life studying the same period of our history and having direct familial connections thereto, I can only surmise that you are ignorant of history. Please study it lest you are condemned to be one of those who will soon be repeating it.

          • Jeremiah

            No the story doesn’t mention it, does it? Others have, we just don’t what is true since neither you, nor I, not the ‘reporter’ were there. I’m just asking if there was equal time given to ‘the undeniable similarities’ of both Trump and Hilliary.
            I’m glad that you can personally vouch for him, much as I can personally vouch for almost every conservative not ‘running around with their fingers in theirs ears shouting la-la-la…’ (is that the example of a ‘sane rational well-informed individual debating in relaxed, non-confrontational manner?) but any personal vouching does not change any facts, events, or ‘factoids,’ none of which you or I know. The duty of a sane and rational teacher is to give differing views and allow for thought, and if it’s a personal political view, there had then better be room and equal time for ‘the other side of the story’ –lest it be indoctrination.
            Now on another matter, I must commend you as you waited until your third sentence before attempting to slight someone with another view–most liberals resort to such within a maximum of two.
            (On another matter, someone else wisely pointed out how sloppy to compare anyone to Hitler, except perhaps Mao, Khan, Stalin etc.)

          • Metlany

            Chances are he eats shrimp & mixes fabrics too.

        • Montage Matt

          You can’t actually believe in equal time can you? Are you saying if a teacher teaches about terrorism then the terrorists point of view should get equal time? Or the same value? There is rarely multiple sides presented in any history or news coverage. And often for good reason.

          • Jeremiah

            Equal time for the two candidates in a hotly contested and dividing presidential race, yes-don’t you think that there had better be?

            For history, wouldn’t multiple sides taught be better?

            For news coverage, are you saying BLM and looters and rioters shouldn’t be getting any?

            For terrorists, there’s a whole bunch of new possible debates, such as –the pros and cons of allowing or teaching only one thought or thought process, as ISIS/Fascists do.
            Is that what you are recommending?

          • Montage Matt

            I’m talking specific to this case of Hitler or terrorism. The issue is equal time vs. equal valid weight. One could spend an entire class on just Hitler or terrorism alone but it is not the same as giving equal validity to Hitler or terrorism that one gives to the United States. That’s what I mean.
            Yes, obviously equal time for two candidates is important – although rare. BLM should get some time too – but I wouldn’t lump them in with looters and rioters. Basically what I am saying is a teacher or a news organization should not step back and be so impartial and dispassionate that news is presented as nothing but facts; 50% for one side and 50% for the other. There is a right side and a wrong side to some issues and therefore the right side would normally get the more valid weight if not the time.

          • Jeremiah

            Yes, I see what you’re saying; that makes sense.

    • Jeremiah

      Yes!!
      Did he spend equal time comparing how Hilliary’s campaign is similar to Hitler’s?
      (Socialism, Gun control, limiting freedom of speech, support of the media,
      Reminder: Adolf Hitler was a national socialist.
      Gun Registration: The Nazi’s prohibited people from owning guns, especially the Jews. But the Nazis themselves? They were allowed guns.
      Higher Taxes. Hitler imposed huge taxes on Jewish wealth (along with a 50% surtax on most German groups)
      Economic Policy. Nazis and Hitler loved public works programs. Like building “roads and bridges.” (While taxing and over-regulating private businesses)
      Abortion. Yes, the Nazis and Hitler loved abortion. You know who else loves abortion? Hillary and leftists. You know who doesn’t even like abortion? Republicans.
      Then did he spend equal time on the ways that both sides are NOT like Hitter? Then if he did all 4, then we are on to opening minds and letting kids make their own decisions…

      • syrimne1

        This is such a bogus argument I don’t even know where to begin. First off, when will people on the right figure out that Hitler was NOT a socialist, but a fascist. His political party was CALLED the National Socialist Party, but by every single definition under the sun, his administration and governance was fascist, which is by definition a far-right political formation. This is where education is actually useful, versus propaganda. And are you seriously going to suggest that Nazis were pro-gun control? How is that different from people on the right who want everyone to have guns except “criminals” (which most non-white people fall into naturally, according to far-right propaganda). Again, taxing Jewish wealth is not the same as taxing ALL wealth. They were targeting them AS JEWS, which is not something any Democratic polititician has ever advocated, ever. Hitler did promote public works. Guess who else is? Trump. The need to update the infrastructure in the USA is something that both political parties have supported for years – the issue is who is going to pay for it, and how to get the public excited about something so mundane, which makes it easy to ignore, year after year. Oh, and Hitler also abolished abortion (by Germans) not long after he got into office. You are talking about his advocating abortion for those he deemed “sub-human” – Jews, people with mental and physical disabilities, homosexuals, Poles, etc., etc. He was very clear about his distinctions between “policies for the state” and “policies for those deemed to be outside of state protection.” You have taken historical facts and cherry picked and distorted them to make a totally ill-informed argument. Look at any reputable history book on WWII and the Nazis. Hell, talk to any reputable historian – they will laugh in your face for claiming Hitler was a “socialist.” The idea is ludicrous.

        • Jeremiah

          Looks to me that it proves that the teacher didn’t have any counter-point discussion, which is the definition of bias, and is an example of what happens if anyone hints of not being in lockstep agreement with the liberal left

          • Mike Browne

            Better then being in goose step with the reactionary right. And how could you forget Hitler’s greatest contributions, the Volkswagen and the Autobhan? You may have to look up the latter. It was the model for America’s Interstate Highways, which was promoted by the former five star general who defeated Hitler’s forces and became the president of the United States. Fella named Eisenhower. You might have to look him up too, since you seem to be one of the people Trump meant when he said he “loves the poorly educated. You’re in over your head here, kid.

          • Jeremiah

            Freeways and contributions aside, So you’re saying that there are other opinions…goose-step left or right…hmmm, maybe there even more? Whose opinion is better or right, and whose opinion is wrong/not allowed to be said and not said? Did the teacher give equal time to all? Adults in the room allow for and even demand equal time for all; liberals do seem to be known as rather intolerant of conservative views.

          • Liberals are intolerant of conservative views because they usually involve rounding up minorities, lining them up and shooting them. Look through history – no liberal government anywhere has ever been charged with mass-executions, mass-internment, ending freedom of speech. Those kudos all go to totalitarian, fascist “conservative” governments, always and without exception.

          • Chris

            Without exception? Remind me under whose administration Japanese were interned during WWII?

          • Jeremiah

            Dear Otto: yes, the kudos do go to totalitarian, fascist govt’s; a slight but common mistake is not knowing that it the fascist left-wing/liberal governments…fascism is the opposite of far right and closest to the left.
            Right wing is small gov’t and individual rights. Extreme right would be ‘anarchy’ –total freedom and no government–Right wing and conservatism is all about individual rights and the notion of you do your thing and I’ll do my thing and as long as we dont infringe on each other’s freedoms then we dont care what either persons do with their freedom.

            When the people are not individuals anymore but a part of an all/knowing all-powerful government that imposes its will on a people–(Obamacare etc). Obeying an all powerfull government that forces everyone to be equal and dealing in absolutes is left–Not even close to right and many ways the complete opposite of conservatives,

          • Jeremiah

            the definition of a bigot?
            big·ot
            ˈbiɡət/
            noun
            a person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions.

          • Mark Mayes

            Or maybe the guy was just telling the obvious truth.Hitler did run on the same platforms as Trump– to an amazing degree.

          • Jeremiah

            That’s the point, it seems that the truth is that he may be as ‘amazingly’ biased as you are, and, either not allowing for or not discussing comparing and contrasting of both Trump and Hilliary, which would be amazingly obvious to an unbiased person.

          • Jeremiah

            Did the teacher cover the same amazing degree of similarity of Hitler and Hilliary?
            Question–what presidential nominee (in the world) hasn’t run on a ‘create more jobs’ platform? (Running on ‘vote for me, I’m a woman’ wouldn’t work for Trump.) ‘Stop illegal immigration?’ Or haven’t you heard the both Bill and Hilliary’s speeches?

        • annjohns

          So thanks for showing how ridiculous comparing Trump to Hitler is.

        • Jeremiah

          So what you are saying is that there ARE other viewpoints…too bad the teacher only presented one, and furthermore, possibly kept a student from expressing one

          • Again, based on what? Where is your proof? Stop surmising and speculating (“conservative” staples and common tactics) and provide some irrefutable fact… oh, right, you can’t…

          • Jeremiah

            That’s point, there are no irrefutable facts–on either side–or there are, on both sides–you’ve got it now, right?

          • Mloren

            “POSSIBLY” is no excuse for this retort.

          • Jeremiah

            You mean “Possibly” is no excuse for comparing Hitler to Trump, without comparing him to Hilliary as well.
            And..”possibly” is true– not because it is a fact that it did indeed happen, but because you and I weren’t there and DON’T know what happened, it IS possibly true. (And is truly one of the many rumors.)

      • Mike Browne

        Jeremiah: Germany’s National Socialist Workers Party was Germany’s Tea Party of the day — very very conservative and full of unemployed, underemployed, angry and frustrated people whose economy was bankrupted by the conservative governments of the Allied victors of WW1. Hitler tapped into that anger to overthrow the Reich and eventually lead to Germany to near destruction. Better learn a little history, kid.

        • Jeremiah

          Good to know….sooo…did the teacher Siena equal time..?

        • Mloren

          Wise and accurate retort, my friend!

      • AnotherMan2

        You really need that history class. The word, socialism, in Nazi ideology does not mean what you think it means. Why are you uninformed people so loud and so confident?

        • Because they support ignorance like anyone who voted for Trump does. I suspect jeremiah is about 16 and parroting what his disillusioned parents have been spouting since they drank the Trump-Aid.

        • Jeremiah

          I personally don’t think it means anything, thank you; what I am loud about and perhaps you should be too, and what does mean something to me and to other unbiased people is a teacher confidently and loudly only giving ONE (1) personal viewpoint on a topic, and not discussing how they are different, and how Hilliary and the left are similar and different to Hitler and fascism (and, perhaps not allowing a discussion on other options) which allows for everyone to be informed–see what you mean?

        • Mloren

          Most accurate reply to date. Thanks

      • Wow, you are so misinformed. Where did you get this from? Wrong on so many counts. I’m out, you are not capable of rational or well thought out debate. Typical Trump supporter. Good luck to you.

      • Java Calvin

        You facts are distorted. Yes!!
        Navarro did spend time on Hilary mentioned in the article.
        Reminder: Adolf Hitler took care of his citizens, social programs as policy alone were beneficial to Germany before it was blow up, as it should have been 3 years early when the machine was just gearing up.
        Gun Registration: Allows you to own a gun, the problem like you said who has the guns.
        Higher Taxes: Trump will never due that, he does not pay his own.
        Economic Policy: The Nazis studied our economic, eugenics, and social works programs after WWI.
        Abortion. Yes, Nazis forced many to sterilize a population, in favor of select breeding.
        Then compare and contrast lessons are not “Meet the Press”, where three sides of the propaganda machine are allotted equal time. The children, parents, and community are afforded the right in this country to dissent, but return to the “Red Scare” of McCarthyism. (God, bless America)

        • Jeremiah

          All great points if you’re supporting that view, and as many can be made comparing Hilliary as well–were the made? My questions still stand and are still unanswered: was there equal time given by–the teacher–and were the kids allowed to think for themselves, as this is a history classroom, not a political TV show.
          You, or I, don’t know, since we weren’t there, so…no conclusions please until we see a video

    • gorgegirl

      By coincidence, or not, according to the former wife of Trump, the only book she ever saw him read was Hitler’s speeches. One of first things Hitler did was to bring about distrust of the media by his followers. Mr. Navarro was teaching his class to think.

      • Jeremiah

        The media brought about and earned their own distrust from the American public; no one helped them–they revealed it all by themselves–for one pure example of many–the CNN newscaster during the election said “we just won (Maryland!) (I don’t remember which state he was talking about…)
        There are others if you’d like or didn’t see for yourself..
        Most (many) of the public were already saying how biased the media was before Trump also called them on it.
        The Washington Joke (I mean Post)–so biased it was embarrassing, etc

        • Ronik

          Jeremiah, the moment you misname something or someone deliberately in order to disparage that person or thing, your comments can no longer be taken seriously.

          • Exactly. Credibility now -100.

          • Jeremiah

            Ronik–true, that was a un-creative low-IQ shot at the Post that reflects more badly on me than them and I should not have done that. It would have been better for me to say that CNN still did what they did, and that the Wahington Post is no longer taken seriously.

          • Ronik

            Thanks for that, Jeremiah. Actually, I still take the Washington Post seriously, so you’d be more accurate to say that you no longer take it seriously. But i appreciate your thoughtfulness.

          • Jeremiah

            Yes, right again Ronik…!
            I should also better say that I no longer take parts of Washington Post seriously.

    • annjohns

      Their full potential? As people ncapable of using logic and reasoning to debate complex issues? As people who have been indoctrinated by ideology? That is not what a liberal education is about.

    • annjohns

      Moreover, comparing Trump to Hitler is so beyond reason and logic it would be comical were it not happening in a public high school.

      • How do you figure? Since you, as a conservative, probably don’t read much (like your idols Bush and Trump – they have “guys who do that for them,” here’s a nice, somewhat dumbed down history lesson even you should be able to follow…

    • Mloren

      Yes, yes and yes! Your ability to stimulate comparison and contrast ideologies and governances is absolutely essential during this time of imbalance and name calling. I admire your courage and your ability to show students how to think in terms of past and present. Thank you.

    • powelstock

      None of us were in the classroom, but Mr. Navarro’s behavior and statements after the fact were exemplary: appealing to historical reasoning (standards) and offering to sit down with superintendent and parent(s) to discuss things (openness). There is absolutely nothing more that could be expected of a teacher under the circumstances, and these undisputed facts suggest to me that Mr. Navarro is the one operating in the open here.

  • He can not leave. He’s being bullied. That is exactly what they want. He deserves more respect from the school district and the principal. Just as important, is to show that speaking out, looking at things as they are through the lens of history is how we learn to not repeat mistakes.

    • elliefrost

      He does not have to leave, but he is very upset that after 40 years of being a great teacher, he is being treated this way. I would retire too if I were in his place, He was being bullied.

  • I have been saying this all along. It is like he scripted his Campaign from reading
    Mein Kampf. So he is basically being fired for stating facts. Pretty sad we have come to this.
    I have a feeling it is just gonna get worse. I’m sure everyone seen the Hail Trump rallies the
    Nazi’s are having all over the nation.

  • Emmy G

    Jeff Harding (and the parents) need to sit in on Mr. Navarro’s history lessons. Sounds like they are ignorant.

    • Jeremiah

      Maybe the teacher has a bias, and his defenders are ignorant?

  • Catherine Adams

    I am beyond irritated that a school administrator would let himself be controlled by one misinformed, outraged parent over informed inquiry of ideas in the classroom. What a sad day for freedom.

    • Michael Sagehorn

      Catherine- this occurs more often than folks recognize. Like Navarro, I’ve explored with students how anti Semitism among the Allies-Great Britain, United States, and the Soviet Union help explains why military leaders ignored evidence of a holocaust and did not bomb Germany’s railroads. A parent complained and I had to explain to a VP the lesson.

      • hollywoodjeff

        There is not likely to ever be a definite answer as to why the tracks to Auschwitz weren’t bombed (and I suspect you weren’t alive at the time) . Bombing could not be done with the accuracy of today’s warfare and the allies were engaged in a major war with a deadly enemy in which millions of civilians ended up dead and whole cities destroyed. German anti-aircraft plus Lufwaffe fighters took down scores of US planes including at least 60 Flying Fortresses. The Russians were engaged fighting the best divisions on the Eastern Front and that country lost 27 million lives which, for those in the US, is barely a footnote in history.

        • Michael Sagehorn

          Wasn’t alive then, but having examined the work of Holocaust scholars asking this same question, there were political policies, not military targeting decisions that guided the Allies choice to ignore the plight of people targeted for the Final Solution. I think Frank, an accomplished teacher and incorporating Facing History resources, bent the nose of a student and a parent who didn’t have the guts to call the teacher. It’s the same passive-aggressive behavior so endemic in California and it’s business and educational institutions. It’s also a Bay Area thing. I’m from San Joaquin county. Where I’m from ,we speak plainly and settle disputes face to face with discussion, not email, Twitter, or Snapchat. The superintendent and the principal should be suspended w/out pay for 15 days.

          • Jeremiah

            Michael, true! I agree, simple and direct–the best way–but…I’m surprised you haven’t seen or don’t know that libs (in abundant numbers here in the Bay Area) rain hellfire down on anyone who is not in lockstep agreement with them, or if there is even a hint of disagreement of their ‘obviously superior and correct’ opinions, resorting to name-calling and ‘labels’ within a maximum of two sentences in their replies, making direct honest open discussions difficult and rare.

          • Lemastre

            Parallels between Trump and Hitler are most evident in their encouraging bigotry and racism in their audiences. Trump doesn’t aim for political control of the the world, but just for personal wealth. In that respect, he’s not in the same class as Hitler.

          • Jeremiah

            And that’s the point, there are similarities with Trump and Hitler, and dis-similarities, and similarities between Hitler and Hilliary, and none of those were discussed in class…

          • Java Calvin

            I was in agreement until the last leap of “none of those were discussed in class…” This professor teaching in public schools for 40 years is a master teacher. His lesson plans were probably impeccable, with all references cited. Navarro, a Mandel Fellow, was removed from a classroom by one parent’s email, the approve of principal & assistant superintendent, and no student interviews. If not for students, petitions, and coverage, this master teacher would have been suspend (Friday to Monday = long bonus). Politics should never occur in school outside social studies classes, specifically, administration and parent collusion, which reeks of McCarthyism; you know the “Red Scare” 1950s. Trump has taken use back to the 1950s, the good old bad time, depending on what side you were invested.

          • Jeremiah

            If you were the teacher and only provided just the one example that you did of how they are different, I’d say you were very very biased or poorly educated; if you provided none, and did not provide examples of how Hilliary is similar, then I may accuse you of indoctrination…
            If you were my student, and could not provide of at least 5 ways each of how they are similar and 5 ways different, and the same 5 of both for Hilliary, then you would receive at the very best a D-

          • Jeremiah

            (Of course we would require examples of ‘encouraging bigotry and racism’) by any chance, do you have any?

          • gjo69

            Better learn arabic!

          • spencerboys

            Jeremiah, you took 2 sentences to do exactly what you accuse “libs” of doing. If you don’t like it there, maybe you should move to Mississippi!

          • Jesusismyquarterback

            I’m from Mississippi. I am a liberal and I’m with the teacher. I’m sure there are Trumpets where you live.

          • Bill Ray Drums

            I too am from Mississippi and stand with the teacher.

          • Jeremiah

            I don’t believe I called anyone a name or resorted to insulting them?
            But to confirm, it’s extremely difficult to be ‘publicly’ conservative, which is a partial explanation of why the polls are always off.
            PS I love living here…I enjoy differing viewpoints and the people of intelligence that make great points that I learn from–sometimes each of us is ‘right’ or ‘wrong.’
            But Spencerboys, just for fun and to see what I mean, try engaging a liberal in a casual conversation or debate, and see what happens, (including general outrage at a differing belief.)

          • jefe68

            And yet it’s the teacher who is being more or less forced out. I’ve been involved with plenty of debates with conservatives and it’s clear to me that people who think like I do are more or less treated with contempt.
            It’s a two way street. As to ‘obviously superior and correct’ opinions, what would those be?
            The right for a woman to choose? Or affordable healthcare for all Americans? Which is something that’s been a problem since 1945 when Truman tried to address the issue. That’s 71 years and counting by the way. How about decent wages and working conditions? Or the right for LGBT not be treated like second class citizens due to sexual orientation? There are a host of topics that progressives and liberals are interested in and they are dismissed with a wave of a hand by the right.

          • Jeremiah

            A teacher’s job is to teach, not indoctrinate, so if that were the case, they should definitely be removed, even if it’s an indoctrination that you happen to agree with.
            Opinions and beliefs should be allowed and debated on both sides, without either side breaking down to name-calling, etc.
            For instance: women’s right to choose: 100% always yes–to have have sex or not–that is where the voice is made and that is when the choice is made. If you choose to have sex, unprotected or not, and a baby is made, you’ve made and agreed to the choice. Retroactively then killing a baby is not ‘the choice.’ If men choose to have sex, unprotected or not, then they should be making the choice to financially support the mom and the baby for the next 20-25 years. Since when did the choice ootion become ‘erase’ ‘the problem?’ Feels like it stems from a lack of accountability on both genders, with an ‘easy out.’ No?
            Affordable Health Care for all:
            Sure, another tax. Who’s going to pay for it? Why is someone going to subsidize someone else? Is the person being subsidized working nights and weekends after their day-job? Yes, I’ll vote to help them, or are they working part-time, going to happy-hour T-W-Th and/ or taking Friday afternoons off, weekends at home while I’m working? Then nope!!! Did they finish college, or drop out? Taking specialty courses in their field, or playing video games, facebook, porn?
            Healthcare for those with ‘non-self-inflicted’ health issues? Yes!
            For smoking related issues? No
            For obesity issues? If you’re born with or develop issues, yes; eating poorly and not exercising regularly? No, for the same reason that there was a choices and it was was made earlier.
            Maybe one way to collect health insurance tax: if you are born into a ‘poor’ or ‘bad’ situation (i.e. Inner-city, no mom or no dad, non-English speaking, etc) and you ‘make something of yourself’ –get a job, support yourself, yes, you get aid/healthcare etc. If you’re born into a lucky situation, and you do even better, (form a company/business, employ people, etc) then you are exempt from healthcare tax. If you’re born into wealth, or into a good area, speak English, all the advantages, but do noting with it, you pay more taxes. I don’t know, I don’t have the answers, but it should be a reward system for doing good with penalties or no help or bonuses for CHOOSING to not do good, vs the opposite.
            (Just keep men out of the women’s restroom. Can you give me a reason why a guy should be allowed in?)
            LGBT should be able to do whatever they want without any more normal percentage backlash that any/ALL groups or races naturally get. (Yes, it’d be nice if there were none to anyone/everyone.).
            I dismiss many/most progressive ideas not out-of-hand, but because they require someone else to put in the time, energy, and money, for someone that has not.
            –Free education! The libraries are free; online programs are free, join the army, etc. or, well, become a teacher and teach people for free, in your house–that you go to work for to pay the rent or mortgage and taxes on, or, buy a building, start a school, hire teachers, or find ones that will teach for free, and offer ‘free’ education..!?!
            Free Healthcare!–same thing, go to school for 10 years and offer your services for free! Get rich working or starting a company and buy a hospital, then offer it free!!!
            $15 min wage–fantastic!!! Open a business and pay everyone you want $15+/hr!! AND—pay their medical/dental… AND– If it’s retail, remember, you must drive around, find the building, negotiate the lease, make the improvements, comply with all fed and state regulations, make/have/invent/cook/prepare the items you want to sell, shop for and buy those materials or products, get them to your shop, in the car or truck you own/rent/pay gas/insurance on, get them ready, think of how to advertise, compare abd stay within a budget, find and hire and hope you have good employees to work with, so you can pay the rent, electricity, property taxes, and of course the wages, to the person ‘demanding’ the $15 (vs the (great) employees (future entrepreneurs) who are asking ‘how can I bring more value to the hour of work than the $15 I’m being paid?’ The business owners reward? If successful, a 50% FIFTY! tax rate!! And vilified by many…
            Easier just to demand more money, right?
            Would love to discuss any, and more, as you seem calm and fair (maybe more so than me.)!

          • sara

            So much wrong in one statement but I’ll focus on your abortion views:

            The right to choose has never been about being able to “erase” the problem, it is about body autonomy. There is a person out there who is about to die from liver failure and has an exact match to your liver. Should we force you to have the surgery to save that life? You’ll probably survive and we’ll give you a couple months to save up money to cover your lost wages during the recovery time and for the thousands of medical expenses. But because it would kill someone to not give part of your liver, under your society you shouldn’t get that choice. And this is not about having or not having sex, you can’t just force a woman to either be celibate or agree to 9 months where they have zero body autonomy and require them to risk death.

            When we can invent a robot womb that the fertilized egg could be transferred to with no injury to the mother, THEN you can have the discussion about taking away abortion rights. But under that scenario, all those children would become wards of the state and I hope you’re okay with the amount of taxes would go up to bring those children to term and raise them.

          • Jeremiah

            Other than medical reasons, why else do people have abortions?
            I’m proposing that the choice was made at having unprotected sex, are you saying it is or is not?
            Let’s your example of the liver, if having unprotected sex could enters you into the pool of a possible pregnancy, VD, or be required to have a liver transplant to save another life, then yes, add that into the calculations and risks before having unprotected sex…it is the leading cause of pregnancy, which is the leading reason for abortion, no?
            No need to be celibate; I couldn’t do it. Women and men can/should have all the sex that they want, both should just admit, acknowledge, and adhere to the risks and consequences, and to not an ‘after-the-fact’ ‘cure?’

          • Sara

            There are many reasons a woman has an abortion, but primarily it is because she does not want to put herself through the adverse physical, emotional, and/or monetary demands of a pregnancy.

            Ideally I think people should do as much as possible to avoid unplanned pregnancies, and I support funding of planned parenthood, real sex ed, free birth control, and all the other republican-hated initiatives that actually do something to reduce abortions (unlike the republican-loved and completely worthless abstinence only educations.) I also think those who have abortions as after the fact cures for unprotected sex to be careless and morally distasteful, but being morally distasteful is not enough for me to police another woman’s uterus.

            Where I differ is I don’t feel that one action of sex (even if unprotected) should give me the right to demand a woman risk her life to carry a baby to term. There are plenty of choices we make in life that COULD result in bad and unwanted outcomes, but abortion seems to be the only one people want to take away rights for. Have you ever over indulged in alcohol or taken more advil than recommended? If so I hope you’re advocating that you shouldn’t get that liver transplant if yours shuts down. If you did, you would be taking a liver from someone who didn’t “cause” theirs to shut down.

            We don’t force dead people to give their organs for donation even though that could save a life, how is it just that you would give dead people more body autonomy than women??

        • Balabanto

          The reason was that the Norden Bomb Sight was crap. It was never designed for the mountains and hills of Europe, it was instead designed on a flat plain. Functioned great in Africa. Useless in the actual theatre of war for which it was needed.

    • RSoames

      You’re assuming the school administrator would have voluntarily chosen to side with the teacher — there are plenty of bad administrators who don’t value or respect academic freedom. This administrator might well have been a “Make America Great Again” zealot.

      • Jeremiah

        Have you ever heard of ‘the other side of the story?’

        • annjohns

          Amazing isn’t it? Critical thinking to liberals is what they believe to be true. Period.

          • Jeremiah

            Period…or else!! 🙂

          • Dale Nitz

            Critical thinking to a Conservative is Scarry, it means that you might have to think about something that don’t agree with the Propaganda they have been fed all their lives… They fear people who can think for themselves… this is why someone like the fascist Trump could very easily come in and take over the United States…

          • Jeremiah

            Um, Dale, see, the teacher didn’t offer or allow for any opposing views…”something that didn’t agree with the propaganda that he was feeding them” because liberals don’t like or allow for any thoughts or conclusions other than their own. To see for yourself, for fun with your like-minded friends (or be daring at a party if you have the guts) try offering a differing opinion and witness the hell-fire and insults rain down on you. It is fun to watch/observe!

          • Where did you get that factoid from? Not mentioned in the story. You are a typical ill-informed rumor-monger, or were YOU in the classroom? Alrighty then, thought so.

          • annjohns

            ‘Critical thinking varies
            according to the motivation underlying it. When grounded in selfish
            motives, it is often manifested in the skillful manipulation of ideas in
            service of one’s own, or one’s groups’, vested interest. As such it is
            typically intellectually flawed, however pragmatically successful it
            might be. When grounded in fairmindedness and intellectual integrity, it
            is typically of a higher order intellectually, though subject to the
            charge of “idealism” by those habituated to its selfish use.”

          • annjohns

            ….a second wave of critical thinking, urges educators to value
            conventional techniques, meanwhile expanding what it means to be a
            critical thinker. In 1994, Kerry Walters[20]
            compiled a conglomeration of sources surpassing this logical
            restriction to include many different authors’ research regarding
            connected knowing, empathy, gender-sensitive ideals, collaboration,
            world views, intellectual autonomy, morality and enlightenment. These
            concepts invite students to incorporate their own perspectives and
            experiences into their thinking.

          • Liberals? Historical FACT has nothing to do with your perception of “liberal and conservative.” Educate yourself a little or continue to go stick your head in the sand. The comparison between Hitler’s rise to power and Trump’s entire hate-based campaign is undeniable…

          • Metlany

            Facts do tend to have a “liberal bias!”

          • annjohns

            undeniable?

        • Arthur Clark

          What IS the “other side of the story”? We’ve heard from the parent, the school district and the teacher. Perhaps YOU were the metaphorical “fly on the wall” that day…enlighten us, please.

          • Jeremiah

            One rumor from one of the students in the class is that one kid ‘had the balls’ (per Alyssa Kenney’s words below) to disagree or offer is different viewpoint (critically think) was told in effect told to ‘shut up.’
            If you can’t come up with 5 other easy possibilities on your own, then perhaps critical thinking is needed…

          • VoxPopulus

            And so, the substance of your argument favoring the presentation of “the other side of the story” is found in a RUMOR? A rumor – by your own admission? Has it occurred to you that the entire story HAS been presented and that searching for an imaginary “other” viewpoint to justify your own bias is not only futile but also quite revealing of your lack of acceptance of THE story: Mr. Navarro’s narrative?

          • Jeremiah

            Oh no, my points are: that equal time was not given, and when only one viewpoint given/rammed down/offered, then it’s a personally biased political lecture, or narrative, (or indoctrination?) not a history class. And I did use the word ‘rumor, yes–on purpose–because people seem to be chiming in with ‘truths’ and facts’ and their ideas of what happened, when indeed neither I nor you nor anyone else commenting was there…exposing the bias…

          • By whom? I doubt by the teacher… most likely by classmates.

          • jefe68

            The operative word here is rumor. You don’t know the student was told to shut up, or was asked to defend their assertion that Trump was not using the same kind of populist rhetoric that Hitler did to gain power.

            It’s interesting that you use critical thinking in a sentence in context to the story and I’m trying to find it in your comment. Seems rather lost in the woods of bias.

          • Jeremiah

            Yes, and I used that word ‘rumor’ on purpose to show that there are other sides, because NOBODY really knows what happened (except the kids in the class, and that opposing views were not taught) yet so many immediately jump to their own bias opinions.

          • Java Calvin

            The other side is entitled to their opinion, but to ruin the career of a teacher for their political beliefs. This professor teaching in public schools for 40 years is a master teacher. His lesson plans were probably impeccable, with all references cited. Navarro, a Mandel Fellow, was removed from a classroom by one parent’s email, the approval of principal & assistant superintendent, and no student interviews. If not for students, petitions, and coverage, this master teacher would have been suspend (Friday to Monday = long bonus). Politics should never occur in school outside social studies classes, specifically, administration and parent collusion, which reeks of McCarthyism; you know the “Red Scare” 1950s. Trump has taken US back to the 1950s, “the Good-Old-Bad Days”, depending on what side you were invested. I literally have intellectual integrity and skin in the game.

        • Unegen

          When “the other side of the story” is being presented by a parent who 1) was not present to hear the teacher, and 2) was repeating their takeaway from what a student said, it is pretty easy to conclude that “the other side of the story” is hearsay at best and blind ignorance at worst. In other words, in this case, “the other side of the story” ought to be disregarded in its entirety, because it has no credibility.

          • Jeremiah

            Correct, that would be true for both sides of the story, now wouldn’t it…?

          • Jeremiah

            Well, since the student WAS there, and that was the student’s takeaway, then I believe that would be on the one delivering the message–the teacher, no?
            Or, to use your argument–
            Sort of like a teacher that 1) wasn’t present in Germany during the 20’s and 30’s and 40’s 2) is espousing their own personal biased view on something without spending equal time on other viewpoints 3) is repeating the teacher’s takeaway from that era and comparing to the teacher’s takeaway from this era, again without offering comparisons about Hilliary’s campaign and almost rise to power.
            So again–Which side has no credibility and should be disregarded in its entirety?
            How about both sides being given equal time/credibility?

        • Java Calvin

          The other side is entitled to their opinion, but to ruin the career of a teacher for their political beliefs. This professor teaching in public schools for 40 years is a master teacher.

    • Mike Browne

      Ms. Adams: I don’t think we have the whole story. Pressure may have been brought on that administrator by a conservative school board as well as angry parents.

    • Jeremiah

      Do you mean like taking ‘Halloween’ or ‘Halloween parade’ or ‘Christmas’ off of the school calendars?

    • Corporatist

      Adminstrators are under lots of pressure. Parents are always harassing them or teachers.

    • rightyb

      youre so right. i really want high school teachers teaching trump and hitler. not reading and writing. you must be for common core and federal control of what your child is propogandized. well thats been tried for 50 years and is about to join the dustbin of history. time to learn about the fact that there is only light on the earth due to WHITE MEN and the UNITED STATES. facts are facts snowflake and its time to learn them.

  • Sarah

    Guess what happens when all the teachers who teach real history and critical thinking are gone? An ignorant electorate. We are already seeing that, I’m afraid. I’m so disapppinted he wont be there to help our young people. We need more Mr. Navarros, not less!

    • Jeremiah

      Did he bring in other viewpoints, or just his own?

    • Jeremiah

      If one uses the word ignorant to describe an opposing view, then one could say that an ignorant electorate is how the US almost ended up with Hilliary; see how there are two sides to every story?

  • david

    great for a principle to take the side of a parent they hardly know against a teacher of 40 years experience and presumably has known for years – good job!

    • tracit

      Also, I see no reason why they had to suspend him to do an “investigation.”

      • Jeremiah

        Unless it was bad…

    • Jeremiah

      Maybe they know and tolerated his political bias and finally had enough

  • Wow! And I thought it was just problem kids like me that got sent to the principal’s office.

  • lorimakesquilts

    Nothing like confirming the validity of his comparison.

  • Alyssa Kenney

    I unfortunately agree with Mr. Navarro. These are perilous times to be a teacher. It is a shame one ignorant, self serving parent had to make a fuss about a harmless lesson. I, actually, think the lesson sounds fascinating. I would have loved to have heard it. Administration cower to uneducated parents too often today instead of trusting the educated professionals, the teachers. Best wishes, sir.

    • Jeremiah

      Did he present both sides–how they are different?
      Did he present the similarities of Hitler and Hillary?

      • Alyssa Kenney

        The article doesn’t say, does it now? I am assuming you are someone who is from that area and knows people involved in this story. I don’t really care because I am sick of ignorant people sticking their nose in the classroom where it doesn’t belong. I doubt if the teacher taught the lesson with malicious intent, but rather to raise awareness to students and their interest in the election. I am guessing you are not a teacher and probably a supporter of the cowardly parent who didn’t have the balls to tell Mr. Navarro themselves they had a problem with his lesson. The situation could have been resolved more peacefully had this parent decided to meet face to face and express their concerns. I know, as a teacher, I would certainly expect and appreciate that. I would also be willing to apologize to any parent / student whom felt that I had offended them in any way

        • Jeremiah

          Sounds like as a teacher you would be teaching and helping students to think vs extolling your own personal bias into the lesson

          • Mike Browne

            You’re making an ad hominem response to a civil post. That’s the sign of a weak position, Jeremiah.

  • annjohns

    If parents could have a live video feed from their kids classrooms they would see both the agenda pushing teachers (making a comparison between HItler and Trump is NOT critical thinking unless you also dispute the comparison) and the students that are so disruptive ( usually just a few but now precluded from suspension, expulsion or even being removed from the classroom under the current State Board) and then perhaps they would decide to get more involved in the process of fixing our failing schools before its too damned late!

    • Jeremiah

      Thank you!

  • Denis Ian

    Mister Supposed Super Teacher … stop with your ideological crap. You’re paid to teach … not indoctrinate. There’s a new reality … get used it … in retirement.

    Here are the new rules …

    Hold an educational exorcism … and run any indoctrinating madness out of our schools. For good.

    Restore classroom integrity and demand the return of the unbiased teacher.

    And while teachers have the right to organize, they have no right to organize our youngsters in any mission on their ideological behalf.

    Insist on the renewal of the open mind, and that it be nurtured without prejudice.

    Hold school leaders to a doctrine of common sense over all else.

    Make schools once again answerable to every parent … not just some cadre of the noisy or some activist entourage of the pushy who view schools as their socio-political platform which services their own self-approved bigotry.

    Promise that there will be unserious joy in every day.

    Command that every adult commit to a vow that childhood be honored.

    Order that laughter and kindness hold as much importance as any learning objective … because lives without softness and smiles are hollow. And sad.

    This is the new order of things. You have a social agenda … build your wn soap box and see how many people gather around.

    ~Denis Ian~

    • Indiayque

      Schools have always indoctrinated. That’s how students get socialized, acculturated and assimilated. I don’t ever remember getting the Indigenous perspective of U.S. History and manifest destiny. “If you don’t know history’s mistakes, you are bound to repeat them” ~ Santayana

    • Mashup Hack

      I am sure it would be no problem if it supported your ideology. We are all hypocrites in the end.

      Teachers are not robots. They are humans with passions and points of view like everyone. That is what endures students to their teacher and why someone like Navarro has made a huge impact in kids lives.

      I think being able to bring current events and compare to historical ones makes learning more relevant as it engages us in a critical exercise in understanding how history is repeatable.

      Like it or not there are enough similarities between Hitler and the Nazis rise in Germany to Trumps rhetoric in the election that doing a comparison is not that far of a stretch. History will show us if it was actually correct. I am assuming all of us hope it is not. Except for the Nazis that did support Trump of course. That he had such strong support amongst this group means there was something that resonsated with this group.

      • Jeremiah

        As many or more similarities with Hilliary; fir free or critical thinking, did they cover those?

      • Jeremiah

        I’m not a hypocrite in the end, thank you, speak for yourself; I’ll I’ve asked is did the teacher give equal time to opposing views, or even allow for one? (Not from what I’ve heard…)

    • Ruth Kemalyan Weis

      Wow. That sort of sounds like “Make Education Great Again.” Command! Order! Insist! All the imperatives here make it hard to imagine your ideas about education will foster softness and smiles. You indicate a desire for minds to be opened; at the high school level, young minds need to also be prepared to think about many hard and unhappy aspects of life – past and present. Actually, once those minds are open (as you want to insist upon) it’s important that they are guided by people with real credentials – not just state issued teaching credentials, but the credentials of wisdom and perspective and focus. Helping high school students come to terms with the realities of the world in which they will be participating as adults is not something that every teacher is able to do well. Were I in the shoes of the unhappy parents, I would listen to the comments of Mr. Navarro’s former students. It sounds as though at least some of them have, thanks to Mr. N., carried valuable thinking skills into adulthood.

      • Jeremiah

        Trye, but what does that have to do with a teacher carrying out his biased views?

    • Jeremiah

      Well said Denis!

  • H. Morgan, MVHS class of 1990.

    Thank you Mr. Navarro, it was your world studies class that encouraged me and other freshman in 1986 to think critically and more importantly look at the world with curiosity, not condemnation. The day you assigned us to read Eli Wiesel’s book “Night,” I read it, and finished it within hours, maybe while sitting on the bus on my way home. It is MVHS, and the district’s loss… but the best gift about teaching is knowing your students remember your lessons, your wisdom and carry it through from adolescence into adulthood. Thank you!

  • John P Molloy

    A history teacher smells “Nazi” and gets canned for speaking about it. Find those WMDs yet?

  • jskdn

    I wish more of the nation could become aware of the support from the left for comparing Trump to Hitler that is being demonstrated here. Trump is loaded with faults but if comparing him to the ultimate exemplar of evil isn’t seen as over the top, then I see little hope of political reconciliation in the nation.

    • Mashup Hack

      Unfortunately proponents of Nazism in America have found him enduring. Let’s hope the Trump from the campaign is not the one we get in the White House. Most of us want to heal the nation, but some of Trumps divisive cabinet picks are not going to make it easy.

      • Jeremiah

        True, and the Dr. Claws of the world don’t help, either

    • Dr. Claw

      I wish more of the nation could realize that Trump is a con man, who enables the worst of America’s worst .However, those who support him, and complain about “the left” have proven to be completely incapable of doing anything but holding their ears and closing their eyes while those who may as well be today’s equivalent to Nazis celebrate Trump’s rise.

      Political reconciliation isn’t the answer during these times; political resistance is. Wherever it may live.

  • SophiaE

    Mr. Navarro, I implore you to stay. The school, the profession, and the area need you.

  • Duzer

    He was compared to S. AFRICA’s President to a T. by Trevor Noah on daily show. All things Trump has said was said by leader of S. A.

    • Duzer

      Even being rich and family making money managing his business

      • Jeremiah

        Yes, and eating food and wearing clothes and breathing air–the similarities are striking!!!

  • Juanita

    A Parent nearly got him fired by mostly lying about his message. I’m glad he wasn’t fired, that would have been a shameful reaction from the school. It would fill me with more pride towards him if he had the strength to ride out this difficult time. Everyone is so afraid, we need our leaders and roll models to be fearless.

    • Jeremiah

      Were you there?

      • Juanita

        No, but I live in the neighborhood and my sons went to this school. He’s a good, well respected teacher. The students connect with him. His leaving will be a great loss.

        • Jeremiah

          I agree, my kids went there too, and know kids on that class; I’m saying that people, including yourself, are stating things as ‘facts’ or ‘truths’, yet none of us was there. I only always ask if differing viewpoints were given or allowed, and so far it’s been said that only one side was given, so to not be biased, all 4 other sides should be given equal time.

  • ammerique

    Call them. 650-940-4650, option 6, you get an administrative person’s voicemail but someone has to listen to all of them and give the messages to Jeff Harding. Let’s do what we can to oust this fascist supporter.

  • ObamasGoodTwin

    Sounds like they did a good job of weeding out a bad apple.

  • Dennis

    This is just the beginning of censorship by this incoming horrid administration. He’s already met with news broadcasters and read them the riot act because they didn’t support him. Beware the evil comes.

    • Jeremiah

      Not they didn’t support him, but because they were blatantly biased and misleading

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  • lausdteacher

    Thank you Mr. Navarro from one teacher to another. You have to wonder why the elites are so threatened by teachers. In fact there is plenty of evidence to make comparisons between Trump (and Bush and Obama to some extent -he tried to imprison a NYT reporter) and authoritarianism. The evidence is in Naomi Wolfe’s 2007 book The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot in which she lays out a ton of evidence about how the Founders feared someone like Trump and what they tried to do about it.

    • Jeremiah

      Feared someone like Hilliary or Obama…

  • Paula Aiello

    As a former social studies and English teacher, as an attorney, as a citizen concerned about our country, I SUPPORT YOU, FRANK!! Thanks for teaching the truth. “In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

    • Timco2

      What truth are you referring to? That Trump is Hitler? Maybe teaching that Hitler relied on populist arguments and criticism of the Weimar Republic? OK, I can see that. Trump relied on populist arguments too, but so did Bernie Sanders. So did other candidates in U.S. history. What’s your point?

      • LauraAkers

        My point would be that Sanders didn’t threaten those who disagreed with him nor encourage others to commit violence against them.

        Hitler and Trump both did.

        • Jeremiah

          You mean Obama against the police…?
          You mean the videos of the left paying to be and incite violence?
          You mean the paid rioters and looters?

    • Jeremiah

      Except it was improper education…

  • Francie Garneau

    I am saddened by the lack of respect your principal showed you by taking the word of a parent who received second hand information. I totally agree with the comparison between Hitler and Trump and wish I knew how to stop his power. I agree that you need to stay and continue being a voice of truth for your youngsters. I suggest you video/audio tape the remainder of your classes and keep doing what you do so well. I congratulate you for you dedication to proper education.

  • Cammy

    Dear Mr. Navarro, if it brings you any peace, I know someone who was forced into the Hitler Youth as a child or his parents would be arrested. His teacher secretly made fun of the Nazis, and who knows if he was arrested. He managed to get an education in the mid-west after the war, because the US Government had an education program for teenagers.

    I asked him about Trump. “You know,” he said. “He sounds so much like Hitler. Everything.”

    You tell that to the school district. Shame on them.

    • syrimne1

      I have heard this from so many Germans, truthfully. It’s depressing. 🙁

  • Maria Arciga-Morales

    This is outrageous. Mr. Navarro can count with my support to continue teaching against ignorance and intolerance. Hope people fight for his stay.

    • Jeremiah

      Except what he was saying was ignorant and intolerant

  • timepilot84

    Keep’em dumb. Trump. That’s your only strategy.

  • Maya Eman Ghanma

    What happened to “freedom of speech”? I bet the parent (practicing his freedom of speech) is someone who works in one of the big companies and donated some money to have this much power to override the way the teacher teach. Another dogmatic parent just like the one who wanted to to remove the word “God” from our national anthem.

    • Jeremiah

      Yes, except that it’s not a speech; it’s a classroom

  • April Piazza

    As Voltaire said, “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”

    Mr. Navarro, you are a hero for speaking freely and not allowing anyone to deter you from criticizing those in positions of power. You would deserve more after any length of time in your position, but yes, after 40 years, you deserve much, much more. Know there are many people who support you and are absolutely disgusted with Mountain View’s tacky, cowardly decision.

    • Jeremiah

      Like when Obama’s Loretta (DOJ) announced that she would prosecute to the full extent anyone saying anything bad about Muslims!?

      • Jeremiah

        And NEVER dare criticize or bring an opposing view to a liberal

  • Kendall Carlile

    No, you deserve what you’re getting. When you endocrinate young minds with false history, you pay the price. A young Adolf Hitlery fought on the front lines of WW I became infatuated with humiliating facts of his Fatherland of Germany losing that war, became enraged by that, started a Nationalist Party with murder to avenge his fury over Germany signing the treaty at Versailles. Now HOW IN THE F$#K does that compare with Trump?? I’m sorry Sir, it appears you had a wonderful and distinguished career, but when you teach false history in the name of hate to young minds, you pay a price. My suggestion is he keep his job with a STERN warning to know history, before teaching to promote your own agenda.

    • Dr. Claw

      Yeah, you’re butthurt over someone daring to draw the parallel, regardless of the details. We do not know exactly what the complaint might have been, nor were we party to whatever was being taught. However, by your comment, it appears you may have taken offense like that ever-so-fragile parent who emailed the ever-so-timid school board.

      This is the world we live in; having to coddle the “easily cracked” eggs.

      • Kendall Carlile

        Rewriting history inaccurately to push your political beliefs and agenda is dangerous and must be called out and stopped immediately, no matter who’s doing it.

        • Sean Kumar Sinha

          Trump used similar campaign rhetoric to Hitler to get people to support and get behind him, which was the part of history that Mr. Navarro was trying to educate on. Hitler promised to bring back jobs to Germany and get rid of the people making the country bad. That’s what Trump’s platform was. Build a wall and Make America Great Again. Where’s the disconnect or misinformation you speak of?

          • Kendall Carlile

            Every single Presidential candidate since FDR (including Hillary) promised job creation and making the Country better… so I guess they’re all like Hitler… comical

          • Jeremiah

            Comical
            Evil candidate wanting to bring his back and deport ILLEGAL people who commit crimes…

      • Jeremiah

        ‘Butt hurt’ and ‘snowflake’ and ‘coddled’ are terms earned, owned and interchangeable with ‘the left’

  • Raymond McIntyre

    Typical fear of rocking the boat. All education administrators should, I think, be considered guilty until proven innocent.

  • Phil Lozano

    This is why we as a people keep repeating the same mistakes, we never teach our children history. All we brainwash them is how great this country is without explaining the true history. Come to think of it, we only became economically great after WW 2 when the whole world was devastated.

    • Jeremiah

      Brainwashing would be only presenting one viewpoint; did he present or allow for others? Hmm..

  • johnnycoyo

    Perhaps the possible recall or impeachment of the Jeff Harding should be considered ? It is clear that in this case Harding demonstrated a severe lack of good judgement and good sense. Actions impelled fear are no way to model behavior in our public schools ! His complete disregard for an outstanding teacher because of an inference from an unhappy parent based on the grumbling of his child … it is HE who should be suspended pending an investigation !

  • NativeSon

    Actually, Hitler would have a lot more in common with today’s democrat Party then with President elect Trump. He’d fit right in with the hardcore, democrat statist.

    • Jeremiah

      True, and never question a liberal or bring in an opposing view unless you are prepared to be derided and insulted within the first 2 sentences of their response with racist and stupid and fascist and greedy being 4 of the top 5 favorites.

  • hollywoodjeff

    It unfortunately fairly standard practice for public school officials to throw teachers under the bus at the first sign of any criticism of a teacher from a parent, regardless of how much that teacher has contributed to the community. At my local high school when students asked me about the presidential election I told one and all that the American people had been given the worse choices in their history and that I would not vote for either one of them. For those who asked who I would vote for I told them Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka.

    • Jeremiah

      Are Jill Stein or Ajuma Baraka the worst choices in history?

      • hollywoodjeff

        Can you read or simply trying to be funny?

        • Jeremiah

          I’m just saying that as a teacher you also were expressing your bias instead of letting the kids think for themselves and only considered Hilliary and Trump as the candidates (the worst in history) when indeed there were 2 others to pick from, long shots or not, there were other choices.

          • hollywoodjeff

            In every situation I was asked for my opinion and explained how the major parties selected their candidates and did also mention the other candidates and how the present system was designed to exclude them. I have also explained the uniqueness of our system and compared it with others that are shorter and require more from the candidates than vilifying one another, not that they produce better results.

          • Jeremiah

            I apologize; not that you need my approval but thank you for teaching in an unbiased way and for allowing the kids to think!

        • Jeremiah

          (And a little of both; it’s not so serious…)

  • g bum

    A fellow teacher here and I give you my 100% support. The cowardice and lack of protecting teachers from your school’s administration is abhorrent and those people really ought to think to themselves why they are in the job they are in in the first place. I consider such people the lowest bracket of educators and make a laughingstock out of the teaching field. Harding should be on permanent leave.

    Frank, if I could, I’d put you in a classroom with as many students as I could fit, immediately. A teacher of your caliber should not go a day without students.

  • This situation needs to be fixed.

    Oddly enough, I just started watching this lecture series on the subject yesterday. History of Hitlers Empire 2nd Edition
    https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/a-history-of-hitlers-empire-2nd-edition

    So far, so educational. Highly recommend. The best way to beat the rhyme of history is to interrupt its rhythm before it gains traction.
    I think we’re already running late on that, but no time like the present.

  • Mary Finnerty

    I am appalled at this treatment of such a fine educator. We need people like him to teach students to think and question.

    • Jeremiah

      Except the problem is that he didn’t allow them to think or question

  • billwalker

    I grew up in the 1930s. I too, have noticed the similarity of Trump to Hitler.

  • Adrian M. Kleinbergen

    Just a political move in a region where Trump popularity may be high. The principal and school board execs seem a lot more timid than where I live, if it only takes one angry parent to make them fire a veteran teacher over making truthful historical comparisons. Navarro wasn’t allowed to see the accusing email so there may have been political threats that they didn’t want him to see. It’s an unpleasant mess in the Age of Trump.

    • Jeremiah

      This is a very blue area, and in case you weren’t aware, the last 8 years, including today through January, are in your self-proclaimed mess of the age of Obama (you know, the current president and the president of the last 7+ years?

      • Mike Browne

        Well, Jeremiah, here is a list of Obama’s accomplishments from conservative Washington Times: http://washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/marchapril-2012/obamas-top-50-accomplishments/
        By the way, Bush One got us into Gulf One to protect his oil interests. Bush Two for the same reason with a later self-admitted lie about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, which the Joint Chiefs told him did not exist. One other thing, Jeremiah: You seem obsessed with Hilary Clinton. Interesting.

        • Jeremiah

          Yes, Hilliary was the other main candidate running, so equal time would naturally be given to her for comparing presidential nominees and platforms, or would you prefer the focus to be on Loretta (Lynch, the DOJ, you may have heard of her? Announced she would prosecute anyone saying bad things about Muslims? Got caught secretly meeting Bill Clinton on the eve of another scandal?)
          I’m sorry, I don’t put my trust into or get my beliefs from newspapers or random articles 🙂 I suggest that you and the rest America do not, either.
          A simple background search on the authors will reveal much; please always consider the source.
          For any list of any ‘accomplishments’ especially those espoused by a newspaper are the stories and truths and counter-stories behind them. Some of those listed are good and true, and many having been discredited/laughed at, others, we are going to end up paying dearly for for many years. Too many to list–ie Obamacare? 80+% of Americans already know it as a complete fiasco failure…Etc (“We need to pass this to see what’s in it!”) (your premiums will go down; you can keep your doctor–) need we go on?
          The greatest ‘accomplishment’ is the added $10T he just put on your credit card…good luck paying that back…it’s going to take hard work and time and many in today’s America do not like to work hard or sacrifice or save money..
          Adrianne called it the mess we are in..um..slightly premature as Trump isn’t and hadn’t been president? Need to bring reality back to the left. Like a child with the parents’ credit card having a party all weekend while the parents are away; then come Monday, the adults come home–someone has to clean up the house and pay off the bills, work all month to get a check to pay it down, and the parents are called ‘the bad guys..’ Are you willing to ‘contribute’ 75-80% of your pay for that? Good for you if yes; Or are you on the gravy train, too?
          Bush was no good/had many faults too; not sure how that’s relevant to a teacher not offering opposing views..or Obama DOUBLING our debt?

  • Sasha

    Schools should stop letting complaining assholes dictate who they hire and fire. Schools and EVERYONE else should stop complaining assholes where they stand. Cut them right off. If you give them a voice, they will use it to get their way. Let them sue, who cares? They wont get far and will waste their money and time when these idiotic cases are dismissed. F them.

  • Kendall Carlile

    It is terrifying, we do in fact have a political party that has some frightening tendencies that mirror the Nazi’s:

    Take over of the media
    Take over public education and endocrinate young people
    Take over the central bank
    Cause destruction and riots
    Regulate and seize firearms

    YES, it’s something we should be aware of and teach…

    UNFORTUNATELY IT’S **NOT** THE REPUBLICAN PARTY !!!!

    Do the math and teach REAL history Sir.

    • Dr. Claw

      This is a pathetic attempt, not to mention a completely historically inaccurate one, even if you consider recent history. Furthermore, it’s spelled “indoctrinate”.

      • Kendall Carlile

        Do tell, how is it inaccurate??? What’s inaccurate is comparing Donald Trump to the rise of Hitler 1919-1933.. you have got to be a historical moron to even compare, because there aren’t any similarities

        • Jeremiah

          There are some, just as there are many that are similar to Hilliary; did the teacher discuss those as well?

          • Kendall Carlile

            Of course he didn’t, that’s why the parent probably complained to begin with. They’re teaching rewritten history to push their agenda, then get pissed off when called out about it.

          • Jeremiah

            Don’t ever dare question a liberal

    • Jeremiah

      Exactly Kendall

  • D. Devine

    His telling the truth is both admirable and brave at this very dark time in American History. I wish him well and hope his future is bright.

    • Jeremiah

      And the truth is…?

  • Freddie Tuks

    Dear Mr. Navarro,
    For a man who’s taught history for 40 years, it would be ironic if you let this one incident and the naïveté of a parent & school administrator let you stop doing what you do best. Isn’t this exactly the time we need people like you influencing young hearts and minds of this country? Im sure 98% of your students & their parents want you to stay on… Why not focus on them?

  • Boudicca

    Please keep teaching! Will you please have someone video your lesson and put it on YouTube? I really want to see it. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

  • anth55

    One hate mail can end a career

    • Jeremiah

      As can one ‘hate-teaching’

  • JayTaber

    When
    we helped defeat the Aryan Nations/Minutemen/Christian Patriot militias
    in the 1990s, the key to community organizing across five Northwest
    states was the marriage of anti-fascist researchers with networks of
    religious leaders devoted to respecting cultural diversity. Churches and
    synagogues were our educational meeting places, and provided the
    nucleus of leadership in the human rights task forces established in
    response to white supremacy violence targeting American Indians, LGBTs,
    Blacks and Jews.

    We
    helped shut down a hate radio station in Montana, and gathered evidence
    that led to the conviction of seven Christian Patriots in U.S. District
    Court in Seattle. These primary documents created a larger context of
    history that serves as the basis for informed opinion based on
    knowledge.

    Our
    researchers set up a monitoring network to share information and
    intelligence on white supremacist organizing, that was used by major
    educational institutions and news outlets in making sense of right-wing
    paramilitary terrorism in the US. You can read more about this history in the Public Good Archives.

  • Theodore (Tugs) Njáll McCowan

    Fascist governments have ALWAYS targeted education. Thats is a historical fact,

    • Jeremiah

      And look how completely ‘liberal’ most every teacher is…

  • thinkboy

    To me this election demonstrates more than ever the critical importance of a broad balanced high quality education to the workings of our country. Especially troubling is the recent nomination of Betsy DeVos .. instead of building educated, qualified workforce needed in the future, she will likely push privatization and self-oversight, enriching the few over the need of the USA.

    • Jeremiah

      The problem is exactly that there was not a balanced education/discussion

  • Demonicego

    In order for someone like Hitler to succeed, he needs to have a large majority of people behind him to cement the power and hold required to commit atrocities and get away with it. The popular vote totals prove that couldn’t happen here, no one has those types of numbers or hold.

  • Terry Mulios

    Don’t make comparisons and state them as fact when it is your opinion. If it was comparing Obama to Hilter he would have been fired immediately. Double standard as usual – hypocrites!

    • Jeremiah

      Exactly Terry

  • Hype

    This is incredibly absurd. It’s undeniable that there are parallels between Trump’s run and Hitler’s rise to power, which is not to deny that the historical contexts and outcomes are radically different. Much of America’s propaganda/public relations industry was born out of Nazi Germany’s master of the topic. Are we to deny this parallel as well? This is small minded thinking and anti-educational on the part of Los Altos High School District Superintendent Jeff Harding. He not only should be ashamed, he would do himself some service as an “educator” by reading a bit of history.

    • Jeremiah

      Hype, reading a bit about history will do you well. There are more parallels with Hilliary…

  • Umar Bari

    Please don’t leave sir. Critical analysis is one of the most effective teaching tools a teacher has. Bullying parents should be held accountable as well. Take them to court make them divulge the contents of the letter. That should it. Then the parents should be taken to court for slander.

  • Charles Scott

    Another person fighting to keep their children as ignorant as they are…once again facts lose to close mindedness

    • Jeremiah

      And the facts are…?

  • Cathy Marie Michael

    On this Thanksgiving day I am grateful to Mr. Navarro for standing up and speak truth and wisdom to his students! Thank you, Mr. Navarro! We need more educated, wise men and women, especially who have studied history to speak the truth!

  • Ed Schmookler

    Jeff Harding, the principal, is like Joseph Goebels, who headed up censorship in Nazi Germany.

  • Josh Hunter

    The torrents of idiocy under this and within this article.
    You people actually think making a false equivalence with Hitler and fear-mongering students in line with establishment media and Clinton campaigners propaganda is legitimate education?
    All of you are indoctrinated tribal non-thinkers who swallow whatever is put in front of them with no introspection or critical thought.
    You do understand your princess Hillary scapegoated Russia for everything this entire campaign and you purposely avoid the blatant collusion she had with media, her private and public opinions, no candidate is more like Hitler than her in her hawkishness yet you think saying there is a problem with Islamic terrorism and knowing these people cannot be properly vetted is the same as going on hateful tirades against the Jews for their success, positions and influence.
    Neither of these comparisons should be being made in a school to kids though idiots, but you are the type of people who would scare your kids by telling them this type of crap and dividing the nation, you act like you have values worth while but you don’t this is how you act, with bigotry to other demographics that don’t share your views, you aren’t just as bad as them you are worse.
    Such utter morons, you conflate any slight against people to hate and so you make stupid comparisons.
    Then we have talk about the holocaust, unbelievable how much you people swallow and spit back out. Have you done any independent critical thinking research on that or just gone to an authority? Rhetorical.
    You haven’t.
    It’s all plebs do, swallow histrionics.

  • Kate (McKereghan) Deeley

    Shame on the district. I graduated with a fine education from this high school in 1969. It is very sad to see what has a happened to what was once a place of uncensored learning. I would love to see Mr. Navarro move to Foothill Jr. College and continue teaching. Mr. Harding should be put on administrative leave and this matter investigated in an open process that allows Mr. Navarrow to have a copy of the email and submit a written reponse.

  • annjohns

    Will Mr. Navarro release his lesson plans or a video of his lectures?

  • Shelley Cotrell

    Yes, Mr. Navarro, you do deserve better! I’m so sorry. Your treatment proves the point. Beware of Trump, his policies and his followers that would curtail our freedoms and human rights.

  • Cammy

    When I think of the really inept teachers I’ve had – on smaller scales – the ones that never did anything creative – and on a larger scale, the ones that belittle students, or who just don’t care, that still were allowed to “teach” (yes, we’ve all had them, or if you’re lucky you haven’t) it saddens me that here is a man, who has dedicated his life to challenging students to think, and this administrator punishes him? And even more egregious at the end of a long career of service. Shameful.

  • Mike Browne

    He probably came under pressure from an elected school board, which is probably conservative, which took heat from even more conservative parents. He might’ve used more comparisons, such as Russia under Stalin, Spain under Franco, Italy under Mussolini, and Rome under Caligula to fortify his lesson, As for those complaining parents, the words of Harvard professor and semanticist George Santayana come to mind: “Those who do not remember the mistakes of the past are condemned to repeat them.” I’m surprised this happened in Mountain View, which is generally well educated community where many residents work in the nearby high tech companies. This is something I’d expect in the Bible Belt.

    • Jeremiah

      Heaven forbid that a conservative have a say in the liberal-dominated education system; if the teacher provided both sides and did a ‘compare and contrast’ of both parties, then we’d be on to free critical thinking

  • Tara Cheney

    I am a history teacher (of 27 years) who teaches students to think. They must think beyond their parents or grandparents cycle of history. They must see how the cycle of destructive ultra nationalism, isolationism, xenophobia and misogyny bring humanity to war. I tell my students that teachers are human beings ( who inherently have a bias ) and to work out what they think with as many sources as possible.

    • Rastus

      Anyone who ‘teaches’ that someone else ‘must see a certain perspective’ is not teaching ‘students to think’.
      Sounds like your grandparents in their own ‘cycle of history’ would have correctly labeled you a paper hanger

  • PAC

    Sad comment on what is happening to education today – harassed by the right wing. In Turkey, Erdogan has jailed hundreds of teachers. This is what academic freedom is truly about and the schools are supposed to stand behind their teachers. McCarthyism is back.
    http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/11/turning-point-usa-launches-professor-watchlist.html

    • Jeremiah

      If someone dares to question the liberal left-dominated teachers, then it’s right-wing harassment..

  • Bill

    So Trump/Hitler comparisons are okay but ya’ll lost your minds at Obama/Hitler comparisons. Oh yeah, I remember. Both are stupid but you are hypocrites.

  • ralbaii@aol.com

    With revisionist historians such as Navarro it’s no wonder the weakest
    subject of U.S. students is not math and science but history. I’ll bet Navarro
    thought Hillary and obama were God sent.

  • Forrest Higgs

    Carrying your political prejudices into your classroom? Damned right he should be turfed out. From what I’ve seen they ought to show maybe three-quarters of California teachers, especially those in the social studies stream, the door on that basis.

  • Ezekiel 25:17

    The biggest thing Hlyliar planned to do in the Hitler vein was disarm the public. It was to
    happen in phases. Phase one was through executive orders because it would be easier and faster to issue orders than push through
    legislation. Her well publicized orders would be to ban parts, pieces, kits, and completed units of anything that looks like a military rifle.
    So it would snag any sporting or hunting rifle that looked like a military rifle. This would cover a lot of firearms and the reason I
    know of this planned ban was working gun shows. The people who make and/or vend parts have made a serious killing in profits just with Hlyliar’s ban plans. Ironically, it’s not looking so good now with Trump’s pending win. There will not be such a rush at the shows now.
    Another direct parallel is how Hitler annexed Austria. Hlyliar would essentially do the same with
    Mexico. She promised 12 million new immigrant worker visas. Mexico would then give Hlyliar and Jeffy a southern White House with their pick of Cozumel, Puerta Vallarta, or Acapulco. Austria created a vacation chalet for Hitler and Mexico would do the same for Jeffy and Hlyliar.
    What remains to be seen is if Trump gets behind some ACA repeals. One is the cadillac tax. It won’t affect any people in the low to mid-middle income brackets. It will mostly affect people in unions and upper-middle income brackets. I’m doing my best to inform my
    legislators to leave it in since Democrats put it there. I say lets stick it to those union members and the people from the mid-middle to
    the top. It won’t affect me because I’m on a government group plan that has a pool so large, the premiums are not in the cadillac range.

  • sizzle8

    What class and what age group was he teaching? What exactly did he say?
    A comparison of Hitler and Trump, right off the bat, is a stretch anyways..

  • javaper

    School districts are usually controlled by the parents. It’s sad, because most people in charge of schools have never even set foot in a classroom to teach. The dissemination of knowledge is important but many seek to impede teachers. And now it’s more important than ever because if people like Trump are in the Whitehouse this kind of educational misdirection will only get worse.

    • Jeremiah

      Teachers need to teach and give and allow different viewpoints, not indoctrinations.

      • Jeremiah

        (Because if people are having unequal biased opinions, the educational misdirection will only get worse.)

      • javaper

        Its a valid comparison, though.

  • Serena Low

    Mr Navarro — PLEASE return to the classroom. We, AND the students NEED you more then ever. Please. Please.

  • Abad Don

    Maybe think about not desecrating the memory of the 12 million who died in the Holocaust with vapid comparisons to Trump’s proposed LEGAL and ETHICAL solutions to our ILLEGAL immigration problem for a start, Mr. Navarro. Talk about some sloppy historical thinking.

    • Jeremiah

      It’s hard to comprehend how many 12m is…i probably only know a few hundred or maybe even can’t call 1000 by name.

      • Abad Don

        Not sure if your comment is an attempt at humour or being a smart ass. The universally accepted number of Holocaust victims stands at 12 million. Six million Jews, and six million other “undesirables”: Criminals, political prisoners, the mentally disabled, Gypsies, blacks, those with psychiatric issues, the list goes on. That’s JUST Holocaust victims, not civilian and military deaths directly related to WWII. ANYONE comparing any of Trump’s proposed policies to the Holocaust is a mouth-breathing moron, and I definitely would want this idiot’s teaching skills examined. I’m not crying the blues for this jerk. He’s CHOOSING to leave teaching out of a sense of butthurt. Good riddance.

        • Jeremiah

          Neither smart ass nor humor–It was an attempt to say that the loss is beyond my comprehension and there aren’t enough sad and horrible words to describe it.
          And agreed, a teacher or a ‘commenter’ trying to connect Trump to Hitler shows what kind of person he /she is…

          • Jeremiah

            As when someone says ILLEGAL immigrant and then a person replies with ‘racist!’ shows what kind of person the ‘reply-er’ is

  • True Patriot Christian

    The Jews still must be exterminated along with all non-Whites non-Christians and non-Conservatives. The world would be a far better place today if Germany had won WWII. For one no ni gger communist like Obama would have been able to ruin God’s America. God sent us the great Donald Trump to save the White Christian Conservative master race. WHITE POWER FOREVER!!!

    • Jeremiah

      It’s ‘people’ like you that give liberals and the fascist left a bad name

      • True Patriot Christian

        We’re going to kill every Godless communist socialist liberal in America as soon as President Trump takes over. Ni gger Obama should be the first shot by our new White Christian Conservative army.

        • Jeremiah

          Soros, may you leave this earth soon

  • True Patriot Christian

    The Jew communists forced the feral idiot ni gger species on us to destroy Christianity, America and the White Christian race. They must pay with they lives for their treason. Their blood must run like rivers in the streets to wash away their stains of communism, race-mixing, homosexuality, drug use and all other crimes against God, Jesus, America and the White race. SIEG HEIL TRUMP!!!

    • Jeremiah

      TPC (Hilliary Supporter)–everyone knows you are and no one buys it

  • Denj Verde

    He’s just mad his biased, ideology driven diatribe caused so many parental and peer objections… Butt hurt ? , I think they call it ??
    Good riddance to stinky rubbish… in my opinion.

    • Jeremiah

      Exactly what they call it…

  • Julie4js

    Navarro, you are a voice of truth in an ocean of ignorance and lies. I hope that you take your message to a broader audience after teaching to help enlighten people to the fact that we may unwittingly be repeating the darkest time in modern history. Please stay strong and find a broad outlet for your teachings after June.

    • Jeremiah

      In his (or your) opinion.
      This isn’t a ‘join the liberal side’ meeting, or a church/religion class where kids are taught how to be Christians or Muslims or Catholics or Socislists, it’s a classroom, where opinions are just that, and if given, other opinions need equal time.
      Many more have the opinion that we may have just avoided possibly the darkest time in US history–that we are on the verge of becoming a socialist state, followed by becoming Communist, followed by and finally becoming fascist. What if I were the teacher, the voice of truth in the sea of ignorance and lies, and spent an hour ‘teaching’ that to your kid?

  • Montage Matt

    Ever notice how it is always just ONE parent that complains? It’s amazing that you could have 200 parents okay with a teacher but 1 makes a complaint and a teacher is on leave. With those odds it’s no wonder some don’t want to teach.

    • Jeremiah

      Yes, sometimes that what it takes, one brave soul to speak up against indoctrination, stand up for what is right and wrong while others passively watch or aren’t aware, much like what happened in Germany where a few brave people hid or protected the Jews, while many regular normal people did not know what was really happening.

      • Montage Matt

        It doesn’t often work that way. The problem is political correctness. If one teacher suggests something racist and one person complains suddenly the teacher finds themselves on warning or on leave or fired. Do you not see a problem with that? It completely stifles teachers from the freedom to teach. It’s the same thing happening on liberal campuses. Teachers in favor of Trump have to watch themselves as much as teachers who oppose Trump. THAT is a problem. It’s about the freedom to teach without fear of someone making accusations. It’s ironic that you talk of hiding Jewish people because, in fact, it might come down to people having to hid illegals [or Hispanic people’s] from Trump’s police. Ever thought of that?

        • Jeremiah

          I’m with you doing away with PC, allowing freedom of thought, and for a teacher to explore ideas, and then especially for a teacher, to make sure that they explore the countering view, lest it become a bias either way. It seems like that class was an hour on one side only, and I’m all for two sides.
          A good reminder to all–Hispanic and illegal are two completely different unrelated things, like European and speeding, American and bank robbers.
          I would hope that illegal people (bank robbers, rapists, drunk drivers, drug dealers, etc) aren’t being sheltered from the law–careful reminder to all–illegal is not a race or region or religion.
          No citizen should fear the police, but there are cases were where members of the police have been wrong or biased or racist. Reminder to all–it’s a teeny tiny number, and the police do a fantastic job in a life-threatening career 99.9999% of the time.
          I didn’t hear that Trump had or has hired or is going to hire his own private “Trump’s police?”) Side question–didn’t Obama brag/claim to deport more illegal aliens than anyone else?)
          Theoretical Question–if I’ve been driving drunk everyday for 30 years, every single day, never getting caught or arrested, then I am pulled over and fail the sobriety test (either with no event, or maybe causing a major or just a minor accident, or not) do I get to stay out of jail? Pay no fines? Do I get to be released? What about on the grounds that I’ll be separated from my kids? That I’ve done it for 30yrs straight so I’m exempt?

          • Montage Matt

            The expectations are that Trump wants to deport 11 million illegals [undocumented]. Obama deported 3 million [which is a record amount btw]. But that was over 6 years. So the thinking is that Trump wants to go into overdrive with deportations in a shorter period. How he would do that is anyone’s guess. There are some who would have no problem with ICE roving the neighborhoods. I would be opposed to such tactics. While I would not necessarily shelter an illegal I wouldn’t speak up and have them removed as I would call out a rapist or drug dealer. But here is the problem; Just like Trump you are clumping illegals with rapists. Why is that? Being here illegally does not automatically make one a rapist. And are they really taking American jobs? I can tell you many Hispanics [illegal or not] do jobs that many other Americans will not do. I actually think Trump used a lot of rhetoric to win. He won. It will take a lot of work to get 11 million out of the country. He will face resistance.
            Your drunk driving question can only really be compared to drunk driving or similar scenarios. I don’t see a comparison with illegal aliens. Just being here illegally is not the equivalent of driving drunk. A better comparison might be to ask if we found out that an illegal has been at a university for 4 years should they be asked to leave or become legal? In which case I would say, yes, Better to be here legally.

          • Jeremiah

            My goal was to try to separate the words ‘illegal aliens’ from the words ‘criminals’ or ‘illegals’ or ‘Mexicans’ but I may have done just the opposite.
            He did use a lot of rhetoric, and the hope is he undertakes only limited parts of some of it; we are in for a ride and am praying that it’s not as bad as advertised, like a movie trailer, otherwise we are in trouble.
            The drunk driving is a form of breaking the law; why would some laws be enforced and others not?

            I don’t have good solutions to the questions; I’d hate that a productive contributing and tax-paying individual would be removed, but if the person at the 4 year college took someone else’s spot, was on ‘scholarship’ and not paying for any services, I’d hope that at least person was forever grateful to America and thankful to its citizens that did pay for them, and certainly not go against the US in any way, or at least until they’ve paid back all of the expenses and services received, including schooling, tuition, doctor bills, income taxes, ss, etc.
            I think it’s an easy decision to remove those that are committing crimes.

        • Jeremiah

          Ps yes I do see a problem with one person complaining, and catering to ‘the random 1%’ but to me it depends the topic and equal time–this was a biased view in a teaching situation, not a parent complaining about ‘Halloween’ being on the calendar.

  • Slaf

    It’s true, trump is taking from Hitler’s
    Playbook. Blaming and demonizing one group of people.

    • Jeremiah

      Since you just summarized his class into two sentences, a good teacher (vs an indoctrinator) would now give opposing opinions, give examples of how Hilliary did the exact same thing, and then let the kids think on their own–you know, how to think vs what to think to steal TGS’s line…

  • andy

    Mr. Navarro,please don’t retire. Leaving the conversation just gives more room for the other point of view. Without your voice, our students and our society will be diminished. Best wishes and thanks for standing up for integrity.

    • Jeremiah

      Yes, please, let’s not have or allow for anyone else’s opinion–let’s be as intolerant as dictators, fascists, ISIS, as long as it’s the same as ‘my’ opinion…

  • gjo69

    What I can’t understand is that there is a tipping point. With that being said, how can liberals be so liberal with their eyes closed to that? Once America tips, IT’S ON YOU! All you liberals better learn arabic! I won’t because I will fight to the end….

  • TGS ????

    He’s projecting his ideas to the students. Aka indoctrination. Trump is not Hitler, if we could keep hyperbole out of the class room that would be of benifit the student. Best to stick to facts when assigned the responsibility of molding young subjective minds.
    Students ought to be taught HOW to think, not WHAT to think.

    • Jeremiah

      Thank you

  • Mikey Trapp

    But Trump DOES hate Jews, Mexicans and African Americans. And Navarro’s comparisons on how Hitler came to power are relevant. He didn’t claim Trump was Hitler–he was comparing how they came to power. And not letting him read the parent’s complaint is beyond outrageous. Harding needs to lose his job.

    • Jeremiah

      ….because you say so, there for it is so, Mikey Hitler?

      • Mikey Trapp

        And Trump is staging rallies. I guess there is no similarity after all. Wake up.

  • myleftone

    People think there have to be direct orders from the leader, tanks in the streets and unjust incarceration before we can make these comparisons. But it doesn’t start that way. It starts with… stuff like this.

    • Jeremiah

      (Wise) people think that kids should be taught how to think for themselves, and not be indoctrinated like ‘Hitler’s Youth’ or ISIS, because it starts like that.

  • Jeremiah

    Wise people think that kids should be taught how to think for themselves, and not be indoctrinated like ‘Hitler’s Youth’ was

  • Lori Hageman Buzzetti

    A poster reading “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it” was hung in my High School classroom 30 years ago by a wonderful history teacher who was a Holocaust survivor. It is a shame that teachers are no longer allowed to compare and contrast history.

  • He deserves the Presidential Medal of Freedom award that Obama has been handing out to entertainment and sports celebrities. Caveat: I do admit that under the current tradition, there are also many not in entertainment or sports who get that Medal who are the enemies of freedom, such as Madeleine Alright. So maybe he deserves a different award such as the Right Livelihood Award. http://www.rightlivelihoodaward.org/

  • Jennifer R.

    I hope Mr. Navarro would consider moving to another school district. The West Contra Costa school district needs all the history teachers it can get. See: http://www.wccusd.net/page/351

  • whidyann

    This is how it begins

  • rightyb

    good riddance. we need more of this. bet he turns up somewhere else though…the teachers union will save all commies.

  • Warren Stallings

    why do jews wake up every day being a perpetual victim? why do negroes?

  • Dorothy Iltis Cooper

    Has anyone hear of a “teachable moment.” Perhaps all parties could use this as a possible forum in the school to teach problem solving rather than avoiding the implication of “freedom of speech.” is messy. Nothing need be over and follow up to this would be ideal for conservatives and liberals. It is time we stop labeling each other and focus on solving our problems.

  • Scooter McHeadshot

    First let me say I am both a Trump supporter, and a person with a degree in history. I can see some validity in the comparison of the populist rise to power of both Trump and Hitler, but that is where the similarity ends. Not sure this guy should be fired, but he needs to rethink his approach to this topic for sure.

  • cslagenhop

    Although his theory that Trump is like Hitler is hogwash, certainly he should be free to espouse his ridiculous ideas without fear of losing his job. This is America and we believe in free speech, not liberal commiefornia where you can’t espouse stupid opinions.

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