Arguing that the world’s worst mass atrocities are at risk of being forgotten by younger generations, the House passed a bill Tuesday requiring public schools to teach the history of genocides and setting up a fund to help support the new curriculum.

The bill (H 4249) cleared the branch on a 157-2 vote after representatives adopted a House Ways and Means Committee version of the bill on Monday that resembled a Senate-approved bill.

Rep. Alice Peisch, a lead sponsor of the bill, said recent events suggest knowledge of history’s worst acts of violence is waning despite the fact that genocide education is included in the state’s history and social science framework.

In arguing for the bill’s passage, the Wellesley Democrat recalled a quote from philosopher George Santayana: “Those

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