Wednesday, August 19, 2009

One guess...What specific 'history lessons' are funded by stimulus money?

Gotta pony up the funds Tennessee. The ADL will be accusing you of a 'hate crime' by not teaching the kiddies a one sided account of 'history.' They may even call you anti-semitic. Are there any other specific stimulus monies or state taxpayer funds that are used to 'indoctrinate' a single aspect of events in the past?

Holocaust lessons are at risk as Tennessee alters funding
Jill Coble never skips the Holocaust in her social studies classes, using the event as a gateway to class discussions about the dangers of propaganda and creating scapegoats.

The Smyrna Middle School teacher is the unofficial coordinator of about 12 teachers trying to help the Tennessee Commission on Holocaust Education fulfill its core mission — making sure Holocaust victims are remembered and the public receives and grasps lessons about hate and human rights.

"Many of my students, they arrive with basically no knowledge of the Holocaust," Coble said. "But interestingly enough, here in Smyrna and I'm sure in other parts of the state, we have people who have … experienced some type of persecution first hand. So, I think what the Holocaust has to teach us really resonates."

The 25-year-old group is facing a new challenge this year. It saw its $128,300 in state funding move from the state's annual spending plan to the "non-recurring" expense column, meaning a fight for the money each year and likely a need for more private donations.

Adding to the agency's challenges is that the state is steadily losing the small number of Holocaust survivors and military liberators, people whom the commission once frequently connected with schools for living lessons.

This year, a portion of the federal stimulus package is covering the commission's budget, said Felicia Anchor, commission chairwoman.

"We are kind of on notice that we are either going to have to re-establish ourselves with the state or be looking for our funding elsewhere," Anchor said. {more - The Tennessean}

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