District of Columbia
These profiles contain text of state legislation about the teaching of the Holocaust, and Holocaust-explicit History/Social Studies and English/Language Arts state content standards. Also provided is contact information for state departments of education.
Public Schools for the District of Columbia-Curriculum and Instruction
Office of Social Studies
Work Phone: 202-727-1000
There is no legislation regarding the teaching of the Holocaust.
Standard Type: History/Social Studies
The Holocaust is explicitly mentioned in the DCPS Social Studies Standards. DC Public Schools Social Studies Content Standards: 10th grade:
10.6.3: Analyze the assumption of power by Adolf Hitler in Germany, the resulting acts of oppression and aggression, and the human costs of the totalitarian regime. 10.7.4: Describe how economic instability led to political instability in many parts of the world and helped to give rise to dictatorial regimes such as Adolf Hitlers in Germany and the militarys in Japan. 10.8.1: Compare the German, Italian, and Japanese drives for empire in the 1930s, including the 1937 Rape of Nanking, other atrocities in China, Italian invasion of Ethiopia, German militarism, and the Stalin-Hitler Pact of 1939. 10.8.5: Explain the background, course, and consequences of the Holocaust, including its roots in the long history of Christian anti-Semitism, 19th century ideas about race and nation, and Nazi dehumanization of the Jews. 10.9.5: Explain the background of the Holocaust (including its 19th century roots about race and nation); the dehumanization of the Jews through law, attitude, and actions, such as badging, ghettoization, and killing processes; and how the Holocaust affected world opinion regarding the need for a Jewish state.
[Grade 11] Content Standard 3: Students recognize scientific, technological, and economic changes and understand how they have affected societies, culture, and politics throughout history;
Essential skills: interprets the postwar economic policies of the U.S. after WWI and WWII with regard to domestic and foreign matters.
[Grade 11] Content Standard 7: Students understand the historical evolution of political ideas, ideologies, and institutions. They see how different political institutions have affected human life and how technological, economic, social, cultural, religious, and philosophical forces in history have shaped politics;
Essential skills: explains the consequences of WWI/WWII and how the wars reshaped the 20th century for Americans and Europeans; explains the origins of and course of WWII, the reasons for the victory, and the reshaping of the United States' role in world affairs after the war.
Standard Type: English/Language Arts
The Holocaust is not addressed explicitly in the District of Columbias Standards for Teaching and Learning: English.
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