Head of Middle School Chuck Hagy was interviewed by WPBF News 25 about his participation in a seminar on the Holocaust hosted by the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous. Hagy was one of only 23 educators across the country invited to attend the seminar.
“When studying the Holocaust, we want our students to begin by considering two generative questions: one - how does the history we are studying affect our world today? And two - how can I participate in creating a more just, humane, and peaceful world,” said Hagy.
Hagy said the middle school is working to eliminate hate, bias, and bullying while promoting a culture of empathy, kindness, and advocacy for others.
The Advanced Seminar was Hagy’s second experience with the JFR. Hagy was named an Alfred Lerner Fellow by the organization which afforded him the opportunity to attend a week-long Summer Seminar for teachers last summer. Hagy said both seminars were fantastic.
“The scholars were well-prepared, engaging, and really excellent. I found the stories of resistance particularly meaningful. These are the stories that will be among the most meaningful for our students,” said Hagy.
Hagy will now have an opportunity to travel to Europe for a field study of concentration camps and other historic locations as a culminating activity with the JFR.
“This would truly be a life-changing experience,” said Hagy. “You have to study genocide, you have to study forms of racism so we dont repeat these mistakes,” he said.
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