Bill aims to teach genocide studies and African American history in Maine
AUGUSTA (WGME) -- An effort to bring genocide studies and African American history to Maine classrooms is moving forward.
Studies have shown young people today know less about the Holocaust than previous generations.
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Some lawmakers say it's time to formally make those subjects part of the curriculum statewide.
Senator Louis Luchini (D – Hancock) has worked closely with teachers and students at Ellsworth High School, which offers its students a course on genocide.
"We have a great class at Ellsworth High School, but they weren't sure that every class in the state has it. So, by making this a mandated part of the learning results which is what the Education Committee did ensures that this is going to be taught broadly across the state of Maine,” said Luchini.
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Luchini's bill was combined with another about African American studies.