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.
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.
Luchini's bill was combined with another about African American studies.