President Donald Trump has signed into law a measure that seeks to expand Holocaust education in the United States.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the legislation in January, and the U.S. Senate did so earlier in May. Now, thanks to the Never Again Education Act, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's (USHMM) education programming will be expanded nationwide, according to the Jewish News Syndicate.
Sarah Stern, founder and president of the Endowment for Middle East Truth, says educators in every state will be required to teach about the Holocaust.
"The path to eradicate biases and hatred runs through the classroom," she submits. "Education is always, always a good thing."
But considering that some teachers with a bias against Israel will be entrusted with the material, Stern recognizes there is a risk that the information will be presented inaccurately.
"With the tutelage of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, perhaps they can send videos, films, [and] other materials so that it will be taught in a respectful way," she suggests.
A total of $2 million will be allocated annually this year and for each of the next four years to the Holocaust Education Assistance Program Fund, administered by the USHMM’s governing body, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. Private donations for the fund would be permitted.
Currently, just 18 states either encourage or require teaching about the Holocaust.