Israel Holocaust education to begin in preschool

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Education Ministry says curriculum is meant to combat inappropriate teaching methods that distress children

Times of Israel

Ahead of the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day next Sunday evening, the Education Ministry on Thursday unveiled a new curriculum that would broach the topic of the Nazis’ atrocities against the Jews as early as the daycare years and extending through high school.

The program, which is set to be implemented next year, will mark the first time Holocaust studies will be formally integrated into the national curriculum beyond the high school history matriculation exam.

The curriculum, drafted by a joint committee of the Education Ministry and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, was dubbed “On the Paths of Memory.”

It was designed to guide teachers in their introduction of the Holocaust, in response to a large number of cases where educators — untrained in teaching the subject — exposed their students to evidence of…

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