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Ms. Kelli Hudson
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
― Nelson Mandela
Because our history and our future are important to me, I am an English teacher who is also certified a Holocaust educator. As students spend time in my class, they find that I use the Holocaust as a platform to teach literature and to assist my students in making meaning in a world that sometimes seems filled with ambiguity.
During my studies, I have read a great deal of material about the duplicitous ways that humans can treat each other. I’ve read about upstanders, bystanders, collaborators, and perpetrators, and I’ve wondered what makes individuals act in a given way. Several years ago, I read a quote by by Dr. Haim Ginott:
I am a survivor of a concentration camp. My eyes saw what no man should witness: Gas chambers built by learned engineers. Children poisoned by educated physicians. Infants killed by trained nurses. Women and babies shot by high school and college graduates. So I am suspicious of education. My request is: Help your students become human. Your efforts must never produce learned monsters, skilled psychopaths, educated Eichmanns. Reading, writing, arithmetic are important only if they serve to make our children more human.
Ginott’s quote reminds me that I have a great duty as a teacher to act as an advocate for education and as a role model for my students. I believe that teaching Middleton's students about their world is one of the greatest privileges that any community can bestow upon an individual, so I am both honored and privileged to be a teacher at Middleton High School.