Teach­ing the Holo­caust

BBC History Magazine - - Letters -

While I agree with Michael Wood that the Holo­caust should never be for­got­ten ( Opin­ion, Au­gust), I dis­agree that not enough em­pha­sis is placed on it in schools. I have just fin­ished my A-lev­els and have found from my school­ing that if any sub­ject within his­tory has been em­pha­sised most it has been the Holo­caust and the Sec­ond World War. The con­tin­ual fo­cus al­most put me off GCSE his­tory even though his­tory is my pas­sion. I don’t be­lieve that the is­sue is that the Holo­caust is not be­ing stud­ied at school. The UCL Cen­tre for Holo­caust Ed­u­ca­tion study – which Wood men­tions – states that “by Year 10, 85 per cent of stu­dents re­ported that they had learned about the Holo­caust within school”.

Not enough em­pha­sis is placed on teach­ing chil­dren the is­sues and con­se­quences of racism and an­tiSemitism. The Holo­caust should be a pri­or­ity but there are other pe­ri­ods which are al­most com­pletely ig­nored such as the ef­fects of the Bri­tish em­pire. Tamsin Fer­gu­son, Som­er­set

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