DeHart Wins Outstanding Teaching Award for Holocaust Education
Erin DeHart, associate professor of education at York College, was recently recognized by the Nebraska State Council for Social Studies (NSCSS) with an Outstanding Teaching Award for her work in holocaust education.
The NSCSS is a group of more than 100 K-12 and college educators in Nebraska affiliated with the National Council for the Social Studies. The group recognizes outstanding Nebraska educators and their significant achievements.
DeHart teaches a special studies course on the Holocaust for education majors each spring, which includes a trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
She is a member of the Nebraska Holocaust Consortium and presented at that group’s annual conference at Wayne State College in September. Her presentation to educators and students delineated the differences between death camps, concentration camps, and ghettos.
DeHart says that studying the Holocaust is about more than knowing the historical facts. It’s about increasing our understanding of ourselves, of morality, and of society.
“The Holocaust is a vehicle for studying social justice. It’s an event where people learn about what happens when they don’t stand up for what’s right,” she says. “It makes people evaluate themselves and how they can change their actions.”