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MMRHS has been leader in anti-prejudice education

By Sunday, Jan 5, 2020 Letters 1

To the Editor:

Recently, the concern about incidents of anti-Semitism in Great Barrington’s schools and elsewhere in the state have led to proposals for educating students about the Holocaust and prejudice.

The fact is that in 1972, the Social Studies Department at Monument Mountain Regional High School created the very first Holocaust curriculum in the country for high school students. The curriculum was entitled “The Holocaust Years, Society on Trial” and it was published by the Anti-Defamation League and Bantam in an anthology by the same name. (Chartock and Spencer, 1978.) An updated edition, “Can It Happen Again, Chronicles of the Holocaust,” continues to be used by schools throughout the country.

The school system in Great Barrington can take great pride in having led the way in Holocaust and anti-prejudice education.

Roselle K. Chartock
Great Barrington