Holocaust Teaching 'Can Lead to Racism'

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Holocaust Teaching 'Can Lead to Racism'


Byline: Laura Clark

A ROW erupted last night over claims that children who learn about the Holocaust in primary school are more likely to hold racist views as teenagers.

They were found to be slightly more likely to believe it acceptable to make racist comments about Jews, blacks, Asians, Chinese people and refugees than peers who had not studied the Nazi atrocities as youngsters.

But the findings, from academics at two Scottish universities, drew a rebuttal from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, which branded the results 'surprising to say the least'.

After tracking a group of 100 pupils from primary to secondary school, the researchers said they believed teaching about the Holocaust earlier on in a school career has greater benefits in the short rather than the long term.

They said their initial research showed children who had learned about the Second World War genocide in primary school had 'stronger positive values and were in the main more tolerant' than peers up to a year after the lessons.

But when they returned to gauge the attitudes of the same children three years on, aged 14 and 15, they found their 'better' attitudes had 'disappeared'. The teenagers were asked whether they agreed or disagreed with the sentiment it was 'okay to make racist comments' about seven groups of people - Jewish, black, Chinese, Asian, gipsy traveller, refugee and gay.

The report states: 'In five out of our seven categories, the "others" (those who had not studied the Holocaust in primary school) have better attitudes, although it is marginal (3-4 per cent).' In the primary group, 91 per cent thought it unacceptable to make racist comments about Jews, against 95 per cent of the others. …

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