Friday, April 30, 2010

They have difficulties learning about the Holocaust

Via: Islam in Europe

A fifth of history teachers in the four major Dutch cities have had to deal with not being able to or rarely bringing up the Holocaust because Muslim students in particular have difficulties with it.

This according to a survey among history teachers in secondary education by the Elsevier weekly and research agency ResearchNed. Teachers in VMBO schools in particular encounter resistance, reported. The teachers said that in the VMBO schools four major cities, in particular, immigrant students were less interested than ethnic Dutch.

One commenter asks:

when students have difficulty with a subject you give them a #FAIL grade- not change the course materials
If Muslims are failing math should we say 2+2=5??


At 1:11 PM EDT, Blogger Birdalone said...

Dutch teachers can show 2001 "Anne Frank: The Whole Story", a biopic that defines Anne's pre-war life, and brutally depicts the layers of trauma after the secret annex is discovered. If not the Dutch, then who? Miep Gies can not rest in peace?

I just watched this, and if ever there is a way to teach the Holocaust to today's teenagers, anywhere, this is the film.

At 5:25 PM EDT, Anonymous Marcia Miner said...

There was a period when I was teaching high school that I could not teach Huckleberry Finn because "some" Black parents complained so bitterly. It was nuts. In some instances it was Black parents who were uneducated and didn't and better, others it was a political statement to draw attention to racism in this country even though they knew the book was not racist.

Re: the one commenter-When students have difficulty with a subject you HELP them to learn. A teacher who doesn't help a student is the one who gets an F. Giving them a F teaches nothing. A student who doesn't do the work, even if sick and misses school gets an F. Those are legitimate reasons for an F.

At 5:28 PM EDT, Anonymous Marcia Miner said...

edit: sorry..."who were uneducated and didn't KNOW ANY better"

At 7:30 PM EDT, Blogger The Contentious Centrist said...

With respect: in your example parents who suffered from racism objected to their children being taught a novel they considered to be deeply racist. This is a very different case from parents who are themselves deeply racist and refuse to allow their children to learn about the Holocaust, for fear they might develop some understanding and compassion for Jews. Jews are after all, according to these parents, the descendants of apes and pigs.

At 2:28 PM EDT, Anonymous Alan Dunlap said...

Probably because in Europe, like in the US, the Holohoax is shoved down kids' throats from the time they're in kindergarten...taught to the exclusion of any other suffering in the world. Here's an excellent analysis by our friend, Tammy Obeidallah:


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