Simulation Exercises

Children learn by doing. Before high school, it is best to get students involved in various activities to teach them the significance of certain world events and cultures. No one would complain if students had to live as Colonials for a few days or if the spent a week camping out at Valley Forge National Park. But being forced to live life as a Jew during the Holocaust was seen as a little too much by parents when their children found themselves engaged in a simulation exercise that was controlled and well-planned.

The parent’s main complaint is that they weren’t informed and it upset the children, but sometimes for them to learn something, they have to have feelings invested in the subject. I think the exercise would have been more effective if half the school were treated as Jews one day and the other half the next. Parents feel their children were singled out. Honestly, I feel parents are a little too sensitive. It’s not like these kids were kindergarteners. They were middle school children who know a little about the Holocaust and what happened. The chance to actually experience a piece of history should be embraced, especially such an important time.


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