Politicized Pedagogy

in The Nazi Symbiosis

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780226891767
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226891798 | DOI:
Politicized Pedagogy

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This chapter examines the way human heredity was taught in the college-preparatory schools in Germany prior to and during the Third Reich, revealing that eugenics was taught even before the Nazi seizure of power. It shows that human genetics instruction at the secondary school level was a professional and ethical gray zone where the responsibility of biology teachers for inculcating their students with racial hygiene ideas comes into question.

Keywords: human heredity; college-preparatory schools; Germany; Third Reich; exit exams; biology teachers; human genetics instruction; racial hygiene

Chapter.  17959 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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