(105 ILCS 5/27-20.3)
(from Ch. 122, par. 27-20.3)
Holocaust and Genocide Study.
Every public elementary school and
high school shall include in its curriculum a unit of instruction studying
the events of the Nazi atrocities of 1933 to 1945. This period in world
history is known as the Holocaust, during which 6,000,000 Jews and millions
of non-Jews were exterminated. One of the universal lessons of the Holocaust is that national, ethnic, racial, or religious hatred can overtake any nation or society, leading to calamitous consequences. To reinforce that lesson, such curriculum shall include an additional unit of instruction studying other acts of genocide across the globe. This unit shall include, but not be limited to, the Armenian Genocide, the Famine-Genocide in Ukraine, and more recent atrocities in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda, and Sudan. The studying of this material is a
reaffirmation of the commitment of free peoples from all nations to never
again permit the occurrence of another Holocaust and a recognition that crimes of genocide continue to be perpetrated across the globe as they have been in the past and to deter indifference to crimes against humanity and human suffering wherever they may occur.
The State Superintendent of Education may prepare and make available to
all school boards instructional materials which may be used as guidelines
for development of a unit of instruction under this Section; provided,
however, that each school board shall itself determine the minimum amount
of instruction time which shall qualify as a unit of instruction satisfying
the requirements of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 94-478, eff. 8-5-05.)