Starting in the spring semester, Arizona’s Board of Education will now require middle and high school students to learn about the Holocaust and other genocides.
Holocaust educators around the state had been pushing for this change for years. It’s part of a nationwide effort spurred by a recent increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes and fading awareness of the facts of the Holocaust among Americans, especially teenagers.
Kim Klett, an English teacher at Dobson High School in Mesa, Arizona, has been teaching students about the Holocaust for 19 years. When dealing with such a sensitive topic, teachers need to prioritize bringing students in and out of the lesson safely, she says. For example, avoid showing graphic images.