Teaching the Holocaust in Public Schools: Rationale, Difficulties, and Effective Methodologies

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Jessica Nicole Braxton (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
Web Site: http://www.uncp.edu/academics/library
Teagan Decker

Abstract: The Holocaust, a 20th century watershed, alongside its historical significance, provides a firm foundation from which to understand moral issues and the responsibilities of citizenship. It is crucial that historical events such as the Holocaust are incorporated into the American educational system’s curriculums, as the important concepts covered within this event align with Essential Standard curricula applied in secondary and middle grade education. However, recent data has shown that Holocaust knowledge seems to have declined amongst younger generations, thus producing a concerning trend for future populations retention of the subject. This paper delves into the rationale for teaching the Holocaust, the difficulties that educators face when teaching this difficult topic, and the methodologies that can be utilized in order to effectively teach the Holocaust.

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Honors Project
Esther G. Maynor Honors College
Language: English
Date: 2019
Holocaust, World War II, Judaism, Germany, citizenship, secondary education, middle school education, pedagogy, teaching methodology

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