Teacher Workshop Modules
THGC will continue to develop teacher modules to be placed on THGC’s or Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) Project Share’s website. The three remaining modules to be done are; genocide, bullying for elementary schools and bullying for middle schools. Because bullying is a major contributor to the 8/10 Stages of Genocide, it is believed that we must have two different modules to fulfil that need. Many of the topics in these modules are either mandated by the TEKS or legislative actions. The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission (THGC) in cooperation with the (TEA), are charged with creating web-based instruction modules to replace the educator workshops conducted throughout Texas.
The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission will put together the web-based instruction modules for elementary, middle and high school educators to instruct them how to teach about bullying and other genocides. Each module will contain 4-6 hours of instruction per module and will be accessed through TEA’s Project Share website. Each module will be divided into multiple instruction sessions, following the TEA workbook assignment philosophy to teach educators the material and methods to effectively teach these subjects. Educators will receive continuing educational credits for hours completed. At the present time there are over 300,000 Texas educators enrolled in Project Share, which extends to all public elementary, middle and high schools in Texas. In total, more than a 1,000,000 individuals are registered on the Project Share website.
The Genocide module
Modern genocides began with similar actions taken by Nazi Germany and its allied axis regimes. The chronicle of how genocide is conducted is outlined in the 8/10 Steps to Genocide, originally created by Gregory Stanton, Ph.D. The THGC has already placed on its website and the TEA websites the course instruction to fulfill the TEKS requirements. This module is to extend that educational material into its continued relevance in the everyday life of high school students. With each Stage of Genocide the student is asked, “What would you do in that situation and how could you prevent such acts of perversion?” THGC will begin the process by initiating a project to gather the testimonies of different genocide survivors. This module will demonstrate to the students the consequences of their actions and allow them to understand that they are responsible for their actions.
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”
The genocide modules will be addressed through two separate modules for high schools. The first module will contain the testimonies of survivors of the Cambodian, Rwanda/Burundi, Bosnian and Darfur genocides and the second module will demonstrate how to teach the subject of genocide.
The bullying modules will be divided into two different sessions one for elementary and one for middle schools. The THGC wishes to develop a bullying module for elementary school students based on the concept of ”Character Development”. The middle/high school module will focus on physical and cyber bullying.
Bullying Module A
The Elementary Bullying Module is intended to illuminate the importance of understanding that bullying can lead to harmful or drastic consequences. This module is to identify the various indicators that are difficult to distinguish from pretend to make believe. It starts with simple acts like pushing, shoving and picking on one another in schools. The general concept is to teach young students the consequences of such actions and how they can exhibit caring and ethical behaviour when acts of bullying are encountered.
Bullying Module B
The middle and high school Bullying Module continues the analysis of bullying and how it can lead towards the 8 Stages of Genocide. The natural progression from bullying to hazing, physical abuse or cyber bullying and gangs and how that leads to modern day genocide will be explored. It will illustrate that those same simple acts can lead to the deaths of millions. Distinguishing between mass murder and an act of genocide is essential to teach to the TEKS that are now mandated core material to be taught. Between October 2011 and January 2012 the number of teens attending Midland schools, in the Permian Basin area of Texas, who have committed suicide, rose to four due to bullying and hazing.
“As reprehensible the act of bullying is, it is intolerable to our conscience that it continues unabated.”
Peter Berkowitz, Chair