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Academy class explores Holocaust in context

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Chesapake Academy eighth-graders

“The purpose of educating children is to create an informed citizenry who can sustain and improve the human condition,” explained Chesapeake Academy Head of School Julianne Duvall. “Chesapeake Academy develops curriculum around broad essential questions designed to develop analytical thinking and problem solving. This allows our students to make comparisons and connections with the considerable cannon of information they process.”

Chesapeake Academy’s eighth grade Integrated Humanities course, titled “The Individual and Society,” is exploring World War II’s German Holocaust from literary, historical, and geo-political perspectives intent on understanding the political and historical contexts for one of the most unfathomable atrocities in world history.

This Integrated Humanities course, taught by Hillary May Smith, creates a context for the historical event, using primary texts (excerpts from diaries and oral histories from the period). Gregory Stanton’s briefing paper for the U.S. Department of State, outlining the stages of genocide offers students a view of common patterns of development in genocides. And understanding world governments and economic structures, helps students understand the historical and political landscape of Europe leading up to World War II and the Holocaust.

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posted 05.16.2019

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