ERIC Number: ED254441
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Genocide Awareness in Multicultural Education. Ethnic Studies Bulletin Number Six.
Stone, Frank Andrews
Rationales, approaches, and constraints on genocide awareness education at all school levels are discussed. It is critical that students, especially U.S. students who live in a culturally pluralistic society, be made aware of how genocide was perpetrated in the past and of the fact that it is still happening today. A basic genocide awareness glossary is provided. Seven approaches to genocide awareness education are discussed: (1) an international law and world order theme; (2) socio-economic inquiries concerning the causes of genocide; (3) historical studies; (4) affective interpretations based on first-hand accounts; (5) human rights activism; (6) recognition of those who refuse to take part in genocide; and (7) the development of theoretical models of genocide prevention. Four constraints on genocide awareness education are examined: it is uncomfortable and unpopular to teach children about death and destruction; it is politically controversial; there is an ambivalence about U.S. government policies toward minorities; and it is difficult to find a manageable way of teaching the topic. The conclusion, however, is that genocide awareness education must be integrated into the entire curriculum. (RM)
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Ethnic Studies, Genocide, Higher Education, Integrated Curriculum, Minority Groups, Multicultural Education, Peace, Teaching Methods
The I.N. Thut World Education Center, Box U-32, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06268 ($1.50 plus $.30 postage).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Univ., Storrs. Thut (I.N.) World Education Center.