HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania State Education Association is opposed to a proposal that would require public school students in the Keystone State to learn about the Holocaust.
Democratic State Rep. Brendan Boyle authored the bill, saying, “Learning about the mistakes of our human history makes it less likely that we will repeat them,” according to a news release on his website.
He added, “As more of the Holocaust’s survivors pass away we need to make sure that their stories and experiences live on. We owe it to them. We owe it to each other. We owe it to our students.”
House Bill 176 reads, “Beginning with school year 2015-2016, each public school student shall receive mandatory instruction in the Holocaust, genocide and human rights violations from grade six through grade twelve.”
It would require schools to teach about “the history of the Holocaust, including the Third Reich dictatorship, concentration camp system, persecution of Jews and non-Jews, Jewish and non-Jewish resistance and post-World War II trials.”
Genocide, human rights violations and “the abridgement of civil rights” would be included topics, as well.
This is all apparently too much for the teachers union, which, at the same time, conveniently provides numerous labor history lesson plans and materials on its website.
“We certainly recognize the value of Holocaust-related education, but the move to make this a mandate has moved our position,” said association spokesman David Broderic, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
So the legislature has no right to “mandate” that certain topic be taught in schools? Should every topic taught in every classroom be handpicked by the teacher? Don’t the taxpayers – through our elected representatives – deserve some say about what’s in the curriculum?
Yet the PSEA’s Big Labor brotherhood around the contry has no problem pushing for labor history and collective bargaining to be taught from a positive point of view in public schools.
The latest such proposal was introduced in Illinois.
As EAGnews reported previously, a legislator who received at least $14,500 in contributions from teachers unions in the state introduced a bill requiring students to learn about “labor history in America and the collective bargaining process.”
So it’s good to require students to learn how to strong-arm employers for large pay raises and small health insurance co-pays, but not how and why six million people were exterminated because of their race and religion?
As Hans Schemm, leader of the Nazi Teachers League said, “Those who have the youth on their side control the future.”