The Holocaust is a controversial and difficult teaching topic that needs to be approached sensitively and with an awareness of the complex and emotive issues involved. This book offers pragmatic pedagogical and classroom-based guidance for teachers and trainee teachers on how to intelligently teach holocaust education in a meaningful and age-appropriate way. Key coverage includes: • Practical approaches and useful resources for teaching in schools • Holocaust education and citizenship • Holocaust remembrance as an educational opportunity • How to explore the topic of anti-semitism in the classroom • Exploring international perspectives on holocaust education

Citizenship and Holocaust Education

Citizenship and Holocaust Education

Learning Objectives

  • To clarify the relationship between Citizenship Education and Holocaust Education
  • To provide authors’ definition of Citizenship Education
  • To justify the approach of learning about and from the Holocaust
  • To show through a case study how Citizenship Education and Holocaust Education can impact on students’ attitudes

What is Citizenship?

Almost all democracies now accept citizenship as a legitimate goal of education. That is not to suggest that there is much agreement about what it means, other than that it is a ‘good thing’. The debate tends to be around maximal and minimal interpretations of citizenship. Evans (1995: 4–5) summarised these as:

Minimal interpretations emphasise civil and legal status, rights and responsibilities … The good citizen is law-abiding, public-spirited, exercises political involvement through voting ...

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