The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission’s education committee provides opportunities for genocide, Holocaust, and bullying education in private and public institutions in Texas, including elementary, secondary, and higher education settings. The education committee has taken on four distinct tasks:
- K-12 Teacher Training: Partnering with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to provide educators with courses and information about bullying, genocide, and the Holocaust, the commission is currently developing workshop modules for elementary and secondary education. These modules will be made available through TEA’s Project Share education network as a means for teachers to acquire continuing education requirements while learning ways to educate students while meeting TEKS requirements.
- Development of Course Listing: The Education Committee is in the process of creating a database listing available Holocaust and modern genocide courses available in state colleges. A directory of these courses will be made available on the THGC website.
- Textbook Review: The THGC has formed a subcommittee on textbook review, gathering a group of volunteer educators to search through the textbooks used in public schools and to create recommendations of instructional material related to genocide and the Holocaust. This task is necessary because of the lack of textbooks containing updated material related to this subject area, although the TEKS have been modified to include instruction in genocide and the Holocaust. Holocaust museums in Texas are assisting in this endeavor, providing information to teachers who can now present accurate and updated material.
- Higher Education Ethics Training: After a series of study groups considered ethical lapses in state colleges and universities, the THGC formed the Higher Education Ethics Initiative Subcommittee to work with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to instruct professors on how to include the required ethics component in the core curriculum. The aim is to work in the major areas of study to encourage personal and community responsibility. Subcommittee members are holding focus groups on campuses around the state to establish the major areas of concern to be addressed in upcoming years.
- Suzanne Ransleben (Chair)
- Lynne Aronoff
- Peter Berkowitz
- Martin Fein
- Dr. Frank Kasman
- Rebecca Keenan
- Matthew Kornhauser
- Alia Ureste