Governor signs bill mandating genocide education in schools


BOSTON (AP) — Middle and highschool college students in Massachusetts would be taught in regards to the historical past of genocide and human rights points underneath a bill signed into legislation by Gov. Charlie Baker this week.

The bill requires center schools and excessive schools in the state to incorporate instruction on the historical past of genocide. The laws comes as incidences of hate and antisemitism are on the rise throughout the nation, with a number of incidents reported in Massachusetts over the previous 12 months, in keeping with supporters of the laws.

Massachusetts has not required education on the Holocaust or different genocides as a part of its classroom curriculum.

Lawmakers renewed the push for mandating education in regards to the historical past of genocide earlier this 12 months after a Duxbury highschool soccer coach was fired following experiences that the workforce used antisemitic language, together with a point out of Auschwitz, in its on-field play calling.

This bill would create a Genocide Education Trust Fund to assist the event of educating supplies and to offer skilled growth coaching for educators.

The laws would additionally require college districts to yearly file an outline of their lesson plan and packages to teach college students about genocides with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

According to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, as many as 17 states require Holocaust education as a part of their secondary college curriculums.