My students need 35 copies of "Night" by Elie Wiesel to augment the Echoes & Reflection Holocaust curriculum.
Racial slurs on the bus. The assumption that being unable to perfectly speak a language is equivalent to lacking intelligence. ID cards identifying them as different & separate. Eyes falsely labeling them as illegal. One sign projecting 'Prohibido' and another claiming 'Liberty and Justice for All.'
These are some of the injustices my students face before coming to school.
It is these very injustices that qualify my students as needing to understand the history of discrimination & inequity, and how to combat both in a non-violent manner. It is important to understand the indifference that surrounds such incidents so students learn to teach others about tolerance & acceptance. Unfortunately, my students are more than a little familiar with the concept of living in a society that often construes them as “the others.” Everyday they are courageous enough to further their education, even though they must face many discriminatory obstacles to do so. It is my desire to educate my students on the Holocaust & the social injustices that were both the cause & the result of this crime against humanity. I hope to instill in my students the understanding that it is not only our right as humans, but also our obligation, to fight for the needs/rights of others, for their sakes and for our own.
The most affective method for teaching tolerance, humanity & social justice is literature. It is of the utmost importance that my students use literature, such as Night, by Elie Wiesel, since it is an autobiographical account of the Holocaust. Sadly, this generation is somewhat desensitized to images & news surrounding genocide, both those of the past & present. It is this fact alone that highlights the need for our youth to learn about the events of the Holocaust in a more intrinsic manner; students need to read first hand accounts, such as Night, to gain a more humane & fundamental approach to learning the concept of Never Again. Hopefully, as students learn about Wiesel’s experience, they will be able to turn their understanding into a tactic for fighting against injustice and indifference to these inequities.
With the donation of a class set of the novel, Night, by Elie Wiesel, my students will have a common text about which they could have collegiate discussions on the discrimination and inequities faced both then and now.
Students of this generation, who are plagued with brutally ignored social injustices, need to read first hand accounts of those who have survived the Holocaust so that they can learn how to teach tolerance and humanity to future generations.
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|Night • AKJ Books||$7.85||35||$274.75|
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