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Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission


Holocaust and Genocide-related TEKS

In 2010, the State Board of Education adopted the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Social Studies, among other subjects. These revised TEKS included the following items that are relevant to Holocaust and genocide education:

World Geography Studies:

(18) Culture. The student understands the ways in which cultures change and maintain continuity. The student is expected to:

(B) assess causes, effects, and perceptions of conflicts between groups of people, including modern genocides and terrorism;

World History Studies:

(12) History. The student understands the causes and impact of World War II. The student is expected to:

(A) describe the emergence and characteristics of totalitarianism;

(B) explain the roles of various world leaders, including Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler, Hideki Tojo, Joseph Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill, prior to and during World War II; and

(C) explain the major causes and events of World War II, including the German invasions of Poland and the Soviet Union, the Holocaust, Japanese imperialism, the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Normandy landings, and the dropping of the atomic bombs.

(22) Citizenship. The student understands the historical development of significant legal and political concepts related to the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. The student is expected to:

(C) identify examples of politically motivated mass murders in Cambodia, China, Latin America, the Soviet Union, and Armenia;

(D) identify examples of genocide, including the Holocaust and genocide in the Balkans, Rwanda, and Darfur;

(F) assess the degree to which American ideals have advanced human rights and democratic ideas throughout the world.

United States History Studies Since 1877:

(7) History. The student understands the domestic and international impact of U.S. participation in World War II. The student is expected to:

(A) identify reasons for U.S. involvement in World War II, including Italian, German, and Japanese dictatorships and their aggression, especially the attack on Pearl Harbor;

(D) analyze major issues of World War II, including the Holocaust; the internment of German, Italian, and Japanese Americans and Executive Order 9066; and the development of conventional and atomic weapons;

(E) analyze major military events of World War II, including the Battle of Midway, the U.S. military advancement through the Pacific Islands, the Bataan Death March, the invasion of Normandy, fighting the war on multiple fronts, and the liberation of concentration camps;

(11) History. The student understands the emerging political, economic, and social issues of the United States from the 1990s into the 21st century. The student is expected to:

(A) describe U.S. involvement in world affairs, including the end of the Cold War, the Persian Gulf War, the Balkans Crisis, 9/11, and the global War on Terror;