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Eugenics

  • By: Mara Ellen Sapon-Shevin
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Eugenics (from the Greek roots for good and generation or origin) was an international scientific, political, and moral ideology and movement that reached its height in the first half of the 20th century. Advocates of eugenics touted its potential to improve the quality of the human race through the promotion of higher reproduction of certain people and traits and through the reduction of reproduction of certain people and traits. Following the end of World War II and the recognition of the genocidal enactment of this ideology, it was largely regarded as a brutal movement that inflicted massive human rights violations on millions of people and was substantially abandoned by the mainstream and academia. However, the legacy of eugenics continues to be felt in both policy ...

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