Cabaret and Schindler's List

April 18, 2004

I am prepping the class on World War Two for Monday. The current plan is to start the war, fight the early war, and then cover the Holocaust. I will leave the late war for Wednesday's class on the Cold War; my notes are already six pages of 14 point, and that is more than enough for 75 minutes.

I got very upset yesterday reading and prepping. I will get very upset tomorrow when we will cover it. I will probably get upset again on Wednesday when we will end the war. The middle of the twentieth century is hard on me - the down side of teaching with a lot of emotion and of working to build historical empathy in the students is that I end up with a strong emotional reaction to that week's material.

To put it in terms of popular media, Wednesday was Cabaret, tomorrow will be Schindler's List. I am not sure what Wednesday will be - probably the bastard child of the Manchurian Candidate and a suicide bombing.

Posted by Red Ted at April 18, 2004 03:52 AM | TrackBack
Comments

Teaching about the courage of the Resistance is just as important as the horrors.

Posted by: vachon at April 19, 2004 08:41 AM

I hope your students showed some empathy for the subject.

Posted by: Claire at April 19, 2004 08:48 AM
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