If we're being honest, we could all use a little history refresher. And in a state that values our unique culture and history, it is a very important part of the fabric of our everyday lives. And a new bill in the Louisiana Legislature that would require schools across the state to put WWII and Holocaust history on their curriculums passed 65-32 last week.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Valarie Hodges, R-Denham Springs, who told Emily Wood at the LSU Manship School News Service, via the Opelousas Daily World “By teaching students about World War II, they become stronger in their ability as a society to resist efforts to marginalize and demonize vulnerable groups of people."

House Bill #416 would call on schools to partner up with the National WWII Museum in New Orleans for assistance with their curriculum. Rep. Hodges went on to say that "it is the legislators and the educator’s responsibility to share the stories of the Holocaust because survivors will soon no longer be around to share themselves."

Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge wanted an amendment to the bill to include historical black figures, and even though the move failed, there was much lively and dignified discussion about it among the colleagues. The bill will now move forward to the Senate.

 

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