S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Amos Guiora published a blog op-ed in the Huffington Post with co-author Professor Susan Bitensky, Michigan State University College of Law. The editorial, titled “The ABCs Of Genocide Prevention,” discusses the need for more genocide education in public schools.
The mortifying fact is that, since that spectacular bloodletting, we have not been able to end this distemper of our times; genocide’s grisly and savage agenda continues, be it in Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda or Bosnia ….
As it happens, seven state legislatures have provided an answer of great promise. The seven have each enacted a statute which requires that public schools in all or some grades, must teach students about genocide.
New York, New Jersey, Florida, Illinois and California enacted such statutes during the 1980s-1990s. Pennsylvania’s was passed in 2014 and Michigan’s became law in June 2016.