Sixth Grade Scandal

Teachers are having second thoughts about introducing the Holocaust to sixth graders. Sometimes this is due to plain ignorance. An educator was accused of denying that the Holocaust happened, telling her students that the Nazis didn’t have the technology to kill so many Jews at one time. This created a poisonous atmosphere at the school, causing other kids with different religions to make jokes about Jewish students in the school. The Holocaust might be intense for some sixth graders, but it can teach us many things. Sixth graders should learn about the Holocaust because we posses maturity, we want to eliminate prejudice, and we don't ever want this to happen again.

One reason why we should learn about this tragic event is because we are mature enough. We have all the knowledge of some things that we shouldn’t even know about at our age! It is also reality; we can’t run away from what happened, even though we try. People survived the Holocaust so that they can pass on the story to our generation. To quote one sixth grade mom: "students are mature enough. At this age, you kids already go on the internet, hear about crimes, and are studying world history. Sixth graders already have responsibilities they have to handle, so they should be old enough for something like this.”. She is saying that we do so many things that portray us as young adults, but yet we can't learn about the Holocaust? We've heard about massacres at schools, murderers at our neighborhoods, so we should be able to take in this type of information.

Another reason is because we want to eliminate prejudice. This is when you say something about someone you haven't even met before. To get rid of prejudice, we need to have tolerance towards some people even if we don’t know them. If someone has their cell phone on during a movie, we shouldn’t think right away that they are a “careless towards other people’s feelings and should get out of the movie theater” type of person, instead we should give them a chance. Also, we need to try to get to know a person we have never even noticed before we say something about them that isn’t true. A really big, strong girl with an angry face most of the time could be mistaken for a bully, but if you get to know her, she might be the nicest person you have ever known. “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” someone had once said. This is saying that you shouldn't be prejudice to someone by the way they look or what religion they possess.

Lastly, we don’t want another holocaust to ever happen again. By the time we learn about the Holocaust, it might be too late. How could we deal with it if we’ve never heard about it before? We bully everyday and if we don’t learn about the Holocaust and what Adolf Hitler had done, we don’t learn what a single word about a person’s religion or their ethnicity can do to hurt someone. If a kid says something to a fellow classmate and someone overhears, they can repeat it, and repeat it. It’s like a messed up version of the game Telephone. Eventually, everyone will know that this person is this, and that person is that. Imagine this, two boys walk into Columbine High School, feeling confident about their plan. It is their role model's birthday and what better plan of action can they possibly do to make him proud? Their leader was Adolf Hitler, and the amount of damage and people they have killed has been named "the worst shooting in America". History repeats itself, so there is no telling if that or the Holocaust will happen again. “Those who ignore history, repeat it” quote George Santayana. He is saying that if you don't accept what had happened, it will probably occur again.

Even though the Holocaust can touch people a certain way that is hard for them, most people can take it with them and regard it whenever they see bullying happening. Some sixth graders will be shocked at what they hear, but it’s good to let them know that what had happened before will not happen again.
“Thou shalt not be a victim, thou shalt not be a perpetrator, but, above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.” quote Yehuda Bauer, a historian and scholar of the Holocaust. He is saying that you shouldn't look around at the horrible things that are happening, but try to stop it.
Is it right to hold us back from this horrible time when it could teach us a thing or two? For our education, sixth graders should learn about the Holocaust.