Title

Meeting a Moral Imperative: A Rationale for Teaching the Holocaust

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Publication Source

The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues, and Ideas

Volume

84

Issue

1

DOI

26-30

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

ISBN/ISSN

0009-8655

Abstract

A primary rationale for studying the Holocaust (Shoah) involves the opportunity to consider the moral implications that can be drawn from examining the event. Studying the Shoah forces students to consider what it means to be human and humane by examining the full continuum of individual behavior, from ultimate evil to ultimate good. This article discusses several implications involved in studying the event, while proposing that a moral imperative exists for the presence of Holocaust education in contemporary classrooms.

Keywords

Holocaust education, Holocaust rationales, Holocaust impact on society, Holocaust curriculum

Disciplines

Curriculum and Instruction | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education

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