Teaming up with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and state and national organizations, Penn State is creating a cutting-edge teacher-development initiative to upgrade the instruction of the Holocaust and other difficult subjects to children and adolescents. Constructing a national model, the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education Initiative aims to empower K-12 students to become agents of positive change.
The need for this Initiative is greater than ever. Four out of 10 young people possess little to no awareness about the Holocaust. Existing school practices insufficiently prepare future citizens to face the threats to human rights in the United States and around the world. The Initiative will propel student success by helping teachers hone their classroom and leadership skills. It will develop academically grounded, top-quality instruction and learning resources for educators. As such, it will help children become responsible citizens and critical thinkers who understand the importance of informed action.