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Echoes & Reflections U.S. College Survey: Positive Outcomes from Holocaust Education in High School

Subject Social Studies
Grade Level Grades 6-12, Professional Development

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In September 2020, Echoes & Reflections released a national survey that shows the positive outcomes of Holocaust education not only reflect gains in historical knowledge but also manifest in cultivating more empathetic, tolerant, and engaged students more generally. Specifically, the survey found that college students who experienced Holocaust education in high school:

  • Report having greater knowledge about the Holocaust than their peers and understand its value.
  • Have more pluralistic attitudes and are more open to differing viewpoints.
  • Report a greater willingness to challenge intolerant behavior in others.
  • Show higher critical thinking skills and a greater sense of social responsibility and civic efficacy if survivor testimony was part of their experience.

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