Teaching the Holocaust
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