Holocaust Museum Houston uses the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides to teach the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.
As educators prepare to teach about the Holocaust and other genocides, there are several points that should be considered.
Chiefly, teachers should give thought to what they wish their students to know once the unit of study is completed. This understanding should certainly the historical facts of the events, but might also include new understandings of human behavior, social justice and civil actions. Adhering to the guidelines of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research is strongly recommended.
There are a myriad of resources, activities and methods to consider when teaching about the Holocaust and other genocides. The pedagogical implications of each selection should be taken into account in choosing materials. For example, simulations are popular activities for many topics but are unsound for a study of the Holocaust. For example, it is impossible to simulate the terror of the events people suffered during this period, the deep level of starvation or the decision-making possibilities for those facing the events at that time. With that understanding, there are many significant ways to engage students.
For assistance in developing your unit of study, Holocaust Museum Houston offers a variety of professional development opportunities to help extend your knowledge and pedagogical considerations of the Holocaust and other genocides.
For information on the latest opportunities, visit the Education/Outreach section of the Museum Web site.
To keep up-to-date on Museum offerings for educators, consider joining the Museum's Educators E-Community to receive e-mail alerts on new programs and materials.