Oct 12-14 – At the 2018 Texas Council for the Social Studies conference in Houston, the Genocide Education Project presented a session about the Ten Stages of Genocide, with a focus on the Armenian Genocide and comparative examples of other genocides of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Teachers gained an understanding of the “10 stages” formula, created by genocide scholar Gregory Stanton. Beginning with prejudice, the stages grow in severity until mass killings are enabled. As the first modern-era genocide, the Armenian case provides an ideal example by which to understand the stages including the final stage, denial, which perpetuates the effects and damages of the original crime generation after generation. By knowing the stages of genocide, citizens are better equipped to identify the warning signs and stop the process from continuing.
“We were very gratified by the reception we received from Texas teachers,” said Roxanne Makasdjian, GenEd Executive Director. “In addition to the overflow audience at our workshop, many visited our exhibit booth for one-on-one consultations and resources.”
Workshop attendees received numerous teaching materials, including lesson plans, posters, classroom videos, as well as the The Promise film DVDs, which GenEd distributes to teachers at all its workshops on behalf of the producers. (Check out the “Concepts of Resistance” lesson and Study Guide for The Promise.)