Education Goes Hi-Tech
Stockton College's interactive television trains area educators
how to teach the Holocaust.
September 20, 2000
Jewish Times Staff
Front and rear wall-mounted televisions cameras that automatically
zoom to a speaker's location. A bank of color television monitors
where one would normally expect a blackboard. A podium that looks
like the control panel for a high tech surveillance system. Dozens
of panelists watching a lecture and seeing and talking to each other
- from five locations around Atlantic and Cape May Counties. Sound
like the classroom of the future?
Well it is, and it is here today - at the Richard Stockton College
of New Jersey. The school's hi-tech facility hosted the first in
a series of free workshops promoted as "The World Comes To Your
Doorstep - Experience the Possibilities of Distance Learning." The
topic of discussion, "Holocaust Education Across the Curriculum,"
was sponsored by the Holocaust Resource Center at Stockton College.
The purpose of the workshop was to assist area teachers in grades
5 to 12 in implementing the NJ Holocaust /Genocide mandate across
It is believed to be the nation's first interactive television
course on Holocaust education, according to Holocaust Resource Center
Director Gail Rosenthal. "Big ideas start small," Rosenthal told
the participants, adding that they would experience a "buffet" of
ideas and topics.
According to Rosenthal, nearly 100 teachers and educators participated
in the teachers workshop that was telecast from its primary site
at Stockton to secondary sites in both Linwood and Cape May County.
The hour and forty-five minute workshop was presented by faculty
and staff associated with the Holocaust Resource Center and included
Dr. Michael Hayes, Dr. Leo Lieberman, and Dr. Chris Long.
"Holocaust education is a different topic to confront because it
stirs up emotions," said Dr. Hayes. In his presentation on 'Deception,
Terror, and Resistance' he explained that early in the Nazi's rise
to power, "No one protested at getting rid of the Jews at the universities.
Those who could have just stood by."
Dr. Lieberman discussed the use of film and literature in the classroom
to present the topic of film and literature in the classroom to
present the topic of 'Resisting Evil'.
"One of the most asked questions," he told the group, "is "Why
didn't the Jews resist?' What we are now discovering is that there
was indeed more resistance than we had ever realized."
"Thought Control: Art in the Nazi Era" was the focus of Dr. Long's
presentation. He contrasted a series of 'genuine German art' artwork
portraying the 'perfect' idea of Nazi culture and used to popularize
and propagate Nazi political views, with the 'negative' images the
Nazis sought to replace. "They knew they had to gain control of
the culture chamber - dedications of film , art, and literature
- and began replacing 'art criticism' with 'art reporting.'"
Gail Rosenthal best summed up the workshop in saying, "Holocaust
education is not like math and science. The more we know about it
, the more we realize we don't know ."
The workshops are sponsored by the Atlantic County Education Training
Center (ETTC) and are free to all educators. More information can
be obtained by calling the ETTC Office at Stockton at 609-652-4931.