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Genocide education requirement kicks in for new school year

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The new school year is starting with an additional requirement from Michigan lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder: genocide education.

The Holocaust and the 1915 massacre of Armenians must be taught in public schools under a law signed in June by Snyder. He says decisions about how to teach the history in grades 8-12 should be made in each community.

As many as 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks a century ago in an event widely viewed by historians as genocide. An estimated 6 million Jews died in the Holocaust during World War II.

Rep. Klint Kesto, a Republican from Oakland County, says students should learn “how to recognize genocide through past genocides.”

The new law also creates a commission to promote genocide education among the general population.

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  • Jay

    How about the 10 million Native Americans we killed then call it thanksgiving or the 10 million Congo people killed by us in the 90s ? How about teaching these kids some truth instead of these fairytale stories? How about teaching them how to build wealth for themselves (The American dream) instead of teaching them to be corporate slaves! Almost everything I learned in school was a lie and what wasn’t a lie was half truth. If you want kids to listen stop lying to them