A friend of mine, Krina, sent this to me on Holocaust Memorial Day:
Schools drop Holocaust lessons to avoid offence
by Alexandra Frean
Teachers are dropping controversial subjects such as the Holocaust and the Crusades from history lessons because they do not want to cause offence to children from certain races or religions, a report claims.
A lack of factual knowledge among some teachers, particularly in primary schools, is also leading to â€œshallowâ€ lessons on emotive and difficult subjects, according to the study by the Historical Association.
The report, produced with funding from the Department for Education, said that where teachers and staff avoided emotive and controversial history, their motives were generally well intentioned.
â€œStaff may wish to avoid causing offence or appearing insensitive to individuals or groups in their classes. In particular settings, teachers of history are unwilling to challenge highly contentious or charged versions of history in which pupils are steeped at home, in their community or in a place of worship,â€ it concluded.
However, it was concerned that this could lead to divisions within school, and that it might also put pupils off history.
Â Â – TimesOnline, April 2
This article comes from a UK news site, and is focused on the UK. But, I wonder how far off the mark this article would be for schools in the US.
Not far at all, I bet. Not far at all.
There’s a lot that I could say on this piece, but I think that Jerry M. Grey from Texas said it best, in one of the talk backs to the article:
As a pacifist I demand that World WarÂ II not be taught to children in school. It never happened, and I don’t think children should be taught about wars and things like that. So, from now on stop teaching about war… Do you hear me?
It would offend me and therefore the whole world should cater to my wishes, and I don’t care about anybody else or about stupid truth… Just stop telling children about wars… So there!!!
And killing Indians in the west never happened either, and I don’t believe all those lies about slavery…..And who ever said that at some time ago Women didn’t have the right to vote… That’s ridiculous, so why teach those myths??
At what point in time do we realize the value of truth? When can humanity learn to live in peace? When can enlightenment enter all peoples minds to realize the only real answer is never to repeat the mistakes of the past. Parents and teachers are supposed to teach right from wrong based on knowledge and experience…
If we disown the terribleness of the past, we are doomed to experience terribleness in our future. Is it therefore a coincedence that, on Holocaust Memorial Day,Â hardly a word was said about the Holocaust in the US? And, that violence and evil encroaches upon American soil?
It is amazing to see what our society has become, and howÂ truly horrible our future will be.