Two teachers are sharing lessons from the Holocaust Museum, bringing home lessons that they hope will impact their students mindset and knowledge of history.
At Opelika Middle School in Alabama, English teachers Tricia Skelton and Kate Gholston are striving to help their students learn to live as better people through the lessons that they are sharing from the Holocaust. “I went thinking I was going to be depressed, talking about the Holocaust, but I came back hopeful,” said Skelton, who also teaches history. “Though the Holocaust is done, there are still injustices in our world,” Skelton said. “How can we apply it to our modern day and social injustices?”
The two teachers joined 200 other educators last summer at the 23rd annual Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for educators in Washington, D.C. This is a three day conference hosted by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. The purpose is to enable teachers to share Holocaust education.
“In the face of rising anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial, educating students about this history is becoming increasingly urgent,” says Peter Fredlake, director of the Museum’s teacher education and special programs.