My students have spent the past several weeks covering WWII, the Holocaust and the effects of propaganda. As part of their studies they learned what life was like in the countries affected by those events. We spent days covering the history, the people, the places, the names, the faces, the key events. The numbers of individuals murdered before and during the war are astounding:
~6 million Jews
~5 million others
and hundreds to thousands more not documented. All the facts and figures aside what really hit home with my students was that genocide still happens today.
Some of the countries battling genocide today have lost as many to more citizens in days, weeks, or years in comparison to the Holocaust. Any of these events are despicable, but what is even more difficult to understand is that it is STILL happening TODAY! DRC, Sudan, South Sudan, Burma, Syria, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan are just some of the places in our globe battling Genocide today. All of these countries are covered in our 7th Grade Social Studies Curriculum.
OUR WORLD just can't seem to TOLERATE DIFFERENCES!
As part of our studies, my students participated in a project for an organization known as ONE MILLION BONES. In an effort to raise awareness about Genocide, One Million Bones is a group of artists who want to construct a memorial in Washington D.C. made of One Million Bones. They currently have around 600,000 bones. My seventh grade social studies students have made around 185 bones from clay, model magic, duct tape and paper mache to ship to Washington D.C. to be added to the memorial. Schools and organizations from around the globe have helped in the creation of bones for the memorial.
I can't wait to see our bones added to the memorial in Washington D.C. and one day I hope I get to visit there and find my bone next to yours!:-)
For more information on this project, please visit