Answering a question about the current state of Holocaust education in the United States, an English teacher at an elementary school in the Philadelphia suburb of Kensington, Pennsylvania, said that she and her colleagues had spent the past few years working to educate their students about the horrors of the Holocaust, but that they had yet to teach them how to recognize and process the genocide.
“We haven’t had a Holocaust curriculum in the schools for a while, but I’m hoping that with this program, that we’ll be able to bring that to life,” said the teacher, who requested anonymity out of fear of retaliation.
“It’s really important that we have a Holocaust-education curriculum that will allow our kids to understand that it’s not a fairy tale.”
The teacher’s daughter, a Holocaust survivor, was shocked when she heard that the school district had decided to fund the program, saying that it was a sad statement that it would fund a Holocaust education program for children at a public school, but it was important that the program was done.
“I don’t think anyone needs to be taught about the holocaust or know the history of this country,” said Paige Pohl, who is also a Holocaust educator at a high school in Kensington.
“A lot of people know about it, but not a lot of know the story behind it.”
While there are some good reasons to teach students about and celebrate the Holocaust in school, Pohl said that the fact that the Holocaust is still not on the curriculum in most places does not make it right.
“If we don’t teach the Holocaust history, and we don