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Teaching about Genocide: Reflecting as a Community

Posted by Rebecca Bauer on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 @ 08:04 AM

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.”
- Elie Weisel

With Holocaust Remembrance day beginning on April 15 at sundown, I have been wondering how the Holocaust is discussed in the classroom and even if it is discussed at all. As Weisel’s quote suggests, studying the Holocaust, or any genocide, for that matter, provides the opportunity to engage students in meaningful discussions not only about tolerance but also about moral action.

Although delving into complex, meaningful topics like the Holocaust, is an essential part of a rigorous curriculum, it can still be an intimidating topic for teachers to address. To learn more about how schools can teach genocide studies in an impactful and approachable way, I turned to 2013 National School of Character, Hanover Park High School District, winner of a Promising Practice for their Genocide Gallery Walk.

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Topics: Holocaust Remembrance, Reflection, Genocide Studies