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THE HOLOCAUST

Discussion in 'History' started by dianehistory, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. dianehistory

    dianehistory New commenter

    Hi
    We have been asked not to cover the holocaust in an international school (Muslim country) by the Ministry). I have maintained we should cover it, as it is part of the Cambridge curriculum. However, pressure is growing. I have emailed Cambridge and as usual, it is days with no reply. I am due to have a meeting very shortly, and I would like some support. I need advice as I am the only History Specialist in the school. I have looked through the curriculum, and I cannot see how we cannot mention it, although I can see why do not have to cover it in any depth. Any advice quickly please? I have never come across this before, I just can't see how I can totally ignore the Holocaust from year 9 to IGCSE. Any help would really be appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. dianehistory

    dianehistory New commenter

    Hi
    We have been asked not to cover the holocaust in an international school (Muslim country) by the Ministry). I have maintained we should cover it, as it is part of the Cambridge curriculum. However, pressure is growing. I have emailed Cambridge and as usual, it is days with no reply. I am due to have a meeting very shortly, and I would like some support. I need advice as I am the only History Specialist in the school. I have looked through the curriculum, and I cannot see how we cannot mention it, although I can see why do not have to cover it in any depth. Any advice quickly please? I have never come across this before, I just can't see how I can totally ignore the Holocaust from year 9 to IGCSE. Any help would really be appreciated. Thanks
     
  3. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    I wasn't aware Venezuala was a muslim country. When did that happen?
     
  4. dianehistory

    dianehistory New commenter

    I am NOT in Venezuala. I think I'd know if I was......
     
  5. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    Perhaps you need to update your profile...?
     
  6. kate harvey

    kate harvey New commenter

    Hi Diane
    Have been in a similar position recently, as I also teach history at an international School in a Muslim country. While I personally find this sort of censorship of history abhorent, at the end of the day we teach in private schools and they can dictate what we teach.
    I managed to reach a compromise. Went to a meeting with management and asked under what circumstances could I teach the Holocaust. I played the results card and said that the students would not be able to get A* without knowing about it. We came to an agreement that I could do an overview as long as I mentioned the others that perished in Holocaust (gypsies etc) which I would have done anyway.
    Hope this helps.
     
  7. dianehistory

    dianehistory New commenter

    Thanks Kate.
    I did try that, but the Ministry came. The guy was demanding that we do not cover any of it at all. He suggested we cover instead Rwanda as a holocaust. I had covered all ethnic groups and the mentally ill, it made no difference. I have been accused of making children feel sorry for Jews by looking at the Acts introduced by the NP. We also watched Shindlers List as it was in the set text. I I ignored Anne Frank, and left 21 out of 30 pages in the set text too on the holocaust, and I only taught it in terms of understanding the UN charter which I used as the main focus. That still didn't help. They want it completely removed from all year groups. Today, I tried to explain that in a past paper, there was a question on how important Goebbels was. I talked in brief about his education policies, and various propaganda campaigns against the Jews and that was suggested to be too contentious since they feel the holocaust may not have even happened anyway. I said that even if I excluded it, it was going to be in the set text, so how should I address that if a pupil asks about it. No response. I really want to keep it in but need a water tight set of reasons, I was hoping for ideas. Thanks again Kate
     
  8. It doesnt look good to agree with your Man from the Ministry but is not
    just Muslim countries. You will get the same problem in any international
    schools which have the children of diplomats from Muslim countries. If you
    really run out of luck, you can end up the children of Israeli diplomats in the
    same class and all the little beggars will have immunity for anything they say
    or write. It would be funny were the Men from the Embassies not so deadly serious.


    You will
    have no luck, believe me, changing Ministry or Embassy minds. Start teaching this particular hot
    potato and you will soon discover that there are a whole bundle of books and
    websites out there which supply children with the most amazing views. Hundreds
    of them. If, for example, your syllabus (IGCSE, IBDP or whatever) requires
    coursework mastering different materials, you will discover there are endless
    versions of the same stuff. They do facsimile German texts of the Wansee
    Memorandum which look great, seem scholarly and ‘prove’ that the NSDAP was
    setting up holiday camps for the elderly. Then you will hear to how Zionists
    wage genocide against Palestinians and use historical lies to provide an excuse.
    These are fights you will not win – and it gets tricky having to assess
    coursework and personal research themes: remember, if the stuff is very good of
    its kind, you will have to award the highest grade. Remember, too, that the
    kids will report back. Watch out if there are ‘cultural attaches’ anywhere in
    the diplomatic background. These characters usually do not have all that much
    actual work to do and they have a nice line in propaganda; if the kids ask
    nicely, they will practically write the appropriate coursework for them, it
    will be plausible and will tick all the right assessment boxes – you will have
    to award star grades. If it is IBDP students can always evade the issue anyway
    by taking the Islamic History options.


    If you want advice, it would be against any
    heroic stand in principle. Let it go and do what your employers ask for as long
    as you plan to draw your salary there. If you want to get out, remember to
    steer clear of Scotland where some of the natives have religious schools of
    their own and you will need to ‘satisfy’ the religious authorities to get
    employment. It is a milder form of the same thing but unreasoning religious
    positions are not easy to argue with. Even if you outwit them they are not
    actually listening and will carry on regardless. Give up fretting about it: elderly guests were
    well looked after in those holiday camps and the kids will find impeccable
    primary and secondary authorities to cite in support. Enjoy the tax-free salary:
    as some put it, ‘it’s a price worth paying’ for what the parents want.
     

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