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house Bill H.R. 943

Should There Be a Grant Program to Help Schools Teach About the Holocaust?

Argument in favor

This bill would improve Holocaust education across the U.S. at a time when there’s been a disturbing uptick in anti-Semitic violence and many students are unaware of the Holocaust or its significance. Because the program’s grants would be primarily funded through donations, this bill would come with a negligible cost to taxpayers.

jimK's Opinion
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01/27/2020
We cannot condone the gross inhumanity of any ‘privileged’ group of people that would systematically and grotesquely discard the rights of or to simply dispose of other ‘unworthy’ groups of people, ever. Our youth needs to understand that even accepting the rhetoric of hate toward ‘others’ can lead to a people’s and a government’s acceptance of institutionalized abandonment and persecution of those ‘unworthy others’. The Holocaust provides a clear history of the horrible consequences of permitting any government’s doctrine of hate to prevail. It would also highlight the wisdom of our founders Declaration of Independence statement that ‘all people are born with certain inalienable rights’. These are important and scary lessons to learn as they absolutely must be.
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Glowurm's Opinion
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01/27/2020
Right on S. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻😊❤️ And why should there be a grant program? This is history and it should be taught in its entirety. The good and the horrible. I am aghast to think that our schools are not doing this. I guess we are too trusting of those who decide what our children’s education should consist of. Methinks we need a panel of unbiased educators to review EVERY DAMN BOOK we have in our schools for content and accuracy before they are distributed. ALL children receive the SAME BOOKS as the wealthy private or religious schools. And the South cannot praise those who wished to divide us. Their children need to know the truth as to why we had the Civil War, not polished over bull💩.
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Michael's Opinion
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01/27/2020
Did we stop teaching this? We had a whole week devoted to it that required warnings to the students and parents because of the uncensored photos
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Argument opposed

There’s no need for the federal government to establish a grant program to advance Holocaust education, even if it’s primarily funded by donations. Some state and local education agencies already have programs to teach students about the horrors of the Holocaust, so others can follow suit without the need for a federal program.

Hank's Opinion
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01/27/2020
Grants for teaching about the holocaust should not be provided unless grants are also provided about other such historical events. The holocaust is just one of many genocides committed.
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Bill.W's Opinion
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01/27/2020
I think there should be a mandate requiring all public schools to teach holocaust history along with other instances of genocide. However they shouldn’t need a grant to make this happen.
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mamiller1101's Opinion
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01/27/2020
Grants should not be needed to teach specific subjects. This should be part of the curriculum already.
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    We cannot condone the gross inhumanity of any ‘privileged’ group of people that would systematically and grotesquely discard the rights of or to simply dispose of other ‘unworthy’ groups of people, ever. Our youth needs to understand that even accepting the rhetoric of hate toward ‘others’ can lead to a people’s and a government’s acceptance of institutionalized abandonment and persecution of those ‘unworthy others’. The Holocaust provides a clear history of the horrible consequences of permitting any government’s doctrine of hate to prevail. It would also highlight the wisdom of our founders Declaration of Independence statement that ‘all people are born with certain inalienable rights’. These are important and scary lessons to learn as they absolutely must be.
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    Grants for teaching about the holocaust should not be provided unless grants are also provided about other such historical events. The holocaust is just one of many genocides committed.
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    Right on S. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻😊❤️ And why should there be a grant program? This is history and it should be taught in its entirety. The good and the horrible. I am aghast to think that our schools are not doing this. I guess we are too trusting of those who decide what our children’s education should consist of. Methinks we need a panel of unbiased educators to review EVERY DAMN BOOK we have in our schools for content and accuracy before they are distributed. ALL children receive the SAME BOOKS as the wealthy private or religious schools. And the South cannot praise those who wished to divide us. Their children need to know the truth as to why we had the Civil War, not polished over bull💩.
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    Did we stop teaching this? We had a whole week devoted to it that required warnings to the students and parents because of the uncensored photos
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    I don’t understand why this wouldn’t be part of the curriculum now. I don’t understand why we would have to have a special fund to teach this when it should be part of the history class. Are we going to have to start subsidizing all history to be taught in school?
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    While the current text books document the historical facts it seems that not much has been learned if there is a reoccurrence of anti-Semitic violence! “there’s been a disturbing uptick in anti-Semitic violence and many students are unaware of the Holocaust or its significance.” What is needed is to teach critical thinking to understand what happened so many years ago is not an isolated event that can not occur again but does by evaluating current events and comparing them to the events that occurred leading to the holocaust, and if we are or are not on the same path and why.
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    I think there should be a mandate requiring all public schools to teach holocaust history along with other instances of genocide. However they shouldn’t need a grant to make this happen.
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    There should not have to be a grant program, it should be part of curricula. It is a part of history that must be taught. We can only hope to avoid another one by teaching about it, not hiding from it. Darkness can only be driven out by light.
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    History needs to be taught, if a state needs help with it's education systems then it should be able to get
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    This is important history. It is a shame that many of the survivors are now deceased. There was a lot of first hand information and history to be learned from those who actually were there. I am sorry that I didn’t have the requisite knowledge to talk to survivors over the course of my nursing career. Approve this and let the history be identified so we do not repeat these behaviors of cruelty again.
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    If we forget or never even learn this history, we may doom future generations to repeat it.
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    Yes. Teach the history of the Holocaust along with the genocide of the Native American population and other atrocities where prejudice and hatred were allowed to thrive unchecked resulting in the slaughter of innocent people.
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    Grants should not be needed to teach specific subjects. This should be part of the curriculum already.
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    [Edit.] (Thanks to my Congressperson and the other 392 Representatives for voting for this bill.) Yes, teach about the horrors of the Holocaust. Place it the context that it was in part, at least, due to emotional vulnerabilities and hatred stoked by demagoguery. Further, we need our older children to become aware of the genocide and other mass killings around the world that continue to this day.
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    YES, we are in a political atmosphere that closely parallels the tide of Hitler, Stalinand Mussolini and we need to EDUCATE our citizens in order to HELP PREVENT US FROM REPEATING HOSTORY..
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    Yes. So that it is never forgotten.
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    Should there be a grant program to teach about the Holocaust? I wish it weren’t necessary but an education doesn’t include the same things from one school to the next, community or city. The emphasis placed on school circular is not the same in public vs private vs home schooling. Allowing community based choices and home schooling was the basis of changing the circular to those topics which parents believed were more to their own thought process. Now private and home schooling exists in an environment where we may “choose” what is taught so long as core courses such as math and some sciences are maintained. This has ensured the fragmentation of our society. Civics, U.S.Government, World History and many others have fallen to the wayside while Religious indoctrination has replaced other courses that were generalized or generic. I learned about the Holocaust, Nazi Germany, Civics, U.S. History, World History (not only white) and took many other courses in high school along with my core courses. When my daughter was in high school I asked her about Vietnam, she had no clue. Holocaust, no clue. She explained that they were only taught what they needed to pass the achievement tests which left out the most important topics that needed to be discussed. Now we have Betsy DeVos destroying the curricula even further. In the book “1984” the public programming began with controlling information and with that limiting thought. We started the process thirty years ago. You want to fix it. Fix and emphasize uniform public education. We need to learn together, be exposed to similar curriculum based on facts not beliefs, establish equal standards for everyone and learn to live together. We have done this to ourselves and we can undo it if we have the will. Special grants should not be needed unless our educational curriculum is deficient.
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    At negligible cost & increases factual & social education, YES, of course. However, there shouldn’t be a grant needed for teaching specific parts of history. ALL history should be taught to ALL students. Teach students to consider the facts, research the background, consider differing viewpoints, and to think for themselves. On that note - how about a textbook committee looking into publishers different versions in different states/regions of our country? How is that rationalized? Opinionated/subjective renditions of history over facts - not acceptable. Federally funded schools should have identical textbooks. Transparency about the publishers & publishing is needed - especially the financial backing, political/lobby activities, & fiscal participation in PACs, etc.
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    This kind of education is absolutely crucial. We should prioritize it not only so that our children know about the horrors in our past, but also to make sure that everyone can recognize the signs of creeping fascism and know how to prevent another genocide.
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    We should be teaching about the holocaust, civics, and many other things in schools. Currently I am appalled that my granddaughter, who is a sophomore, cannot discuss the impeachment trial in school! That is ridiculous
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