Mature Enough?
Should 6th graders learn about the Holocaust? The Holocaust was a horrific tragedy that could possibly give children nightmares, make them worry, and have them become anxious about things they learned from the events. For example, the idea that it might happen again may be worrisome to an 11 year old child. On the other hand, the Holocaust was an important part of history and all children can benefit from learning about the unfairness, destruction, and tragedy that occurred during that time period. It would be terrible for a student in 6th grade not to know about this history. Six graders should learn about the Holocaust because they need to learn earlier, it could occur again, and because prejudice still continues in the modern-day world.

The first reason why 6th graders should learn about the Holocaust's tragedies is because children need to learn about these types of events earlier in life. My older sister said "It is good to widen a child's knowledge level at a younger age." Also, we need to be aware about what this world has gone through over time. This was a historical event. Arguably, it might be said that it was the world's greatest tragedy. Children shouldn't wait until they're in 8th grade to learn about the Holocaust. It just wouldn't make sense. We need to learn about tragedies earlier in life to broaden our own knowledge about world events.

The second reason why 6th graders should learn about the Holocaust is because if you do not know about the circumstances surrounding such an event, they could happen again. "It all starts with bullying," said Maud Dahme, a Holocaust survivor. For example, the leader of Iran does not recognize that the Holocaust ever happened. The leader is now considering starting a nuclear war. If he believed in what happened during the Holocaust, he might think differently about a nuclear war. Terrorists don't think about the Holocaust and what could happen as a result of their actions because they just want to terrorize others in this world. "Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it." -George Santayana. That means that if we forget about the Holocaust, we will do it again.

The third and final reason is that prejudice still continues today. In school, we learned about something called Rachael's challenge. That told us to get to know someone before you judge them. Ryan Higa said, "Don't judge a book by its cover, judge it by the number of pages." That pretty much means don't judge people by what's on the outside but on the inside. For example, thinking that someone is a bad friend because of the way they dress or because of the color of their skin is prejudice. The bombing of the world trade center was partly because of prejudice against Jewish-American people. Prejudice continues in the modern world and at times is the reason for a person's actions.

Even though people think 6th graders aren't mature enough to learn about the Holocaust, however, as a sixth grader, I think we can probably learn from the history of the Holocaust. Thoughts about the Holocaust may give you nightmares, but I think we are mature enough to learn about it and from the horrible events that occurred during that time. Do you think that 6th graders should learn about the Holocaust? 6th graders should learn about the Holocaust because they need to learn earlier, it could happen again, and because prejudice still continues in the modern world.