Maryland announces plan to strengthen Holocaust education

The Maryland State Department of Education has responded to concerns about Holocaust instruction by announcing plans to enhance and expand how it’s taught.

A statement released by the department Thursday says the changes include teaching middle schoolers about anti-Semitism and strengthening Holocaust education for high schoolers. The announcement comes days before the anniversary of a massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

News outlets report advocates and elected officials had raised concerns about state curriculum guidelines. Baltimore Jewish Council executive director Howard Libit says the council thought the guidelines didn’t do enough to ensure students learn about the Holocaust.

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