Delaware to require teaching of the Holocaust and genocide
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Delaware to require teaching of the Holocaust and genocide

Bill mandating subject be taught as part of middle and high school curriculum for 2021-22 passes unanimously in state legislature

Illustrative: The Hall of Names at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem (Mendy Hechtman/Flash90)
Illustrative: The Hall of Names at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem (Mendy Hechtman/Flash90)

JTA — The US state of Delaware will require the teaching of a Holocaust curriculum in middle and high schools starting with the 2021-22 term.

A bill signed into law late last month by Governor John Carney mandates that public schools implement curriculum on the Holocaust and genocide for students in grades 6 through 12. Each district can develop its own curriculum, the Delaware State News reported Tuesday.

The Halina Wind Preston Holocaust Education Committee of the Jewish Federation of Delaware, an interfaith volunteer group comprised of Holocaust survivors and their families, Holocaust scholars, teachers, clergy and community advocates will provide guidance and resources, according to the report.

The bill passed the state legislature unanimously.

Ann Jaffe, a Holocaust survivor living in Delaware, participated in the signing via video conference. She spoke to the House and Senate about her experiences and has regularly spoken at schools in the state for several decades.

“I am the last generation of first-hand witnesses, and I am 89-years-old. I am glad to know that when I will be gone, the schools will continue our work,” Jaffe said in a statement at the signing, WDEL reported. “The importance of teaching the Holocaust and about genocide in Delaware schools is great. How can we expect our children to remember and learn from history they did not know?”

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