Learning with Living History at Classical Magnet School
Every year the 10th grade launches its interdisciplinary coached project centered around Crimes Against Humanity. This research-based coached project has been recognized with awards from University of Hartford's Center for Judaic Studies for curricular excellence. Students are able to choose the topic of their research and the format and structure of their final project. In preparation, students visit the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City, read Elie Weisel’s novel, Night, study World War II, learn “living history” from Holocaust survivors who visit the school to share their life stories and advise students.
The Class of 2018 will be presenting their final presentations for this coached project on May 5, which is International Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day. This event will take place from 8:30-11:30 at Classical Magnet School, located at 85 Woodland St, Hartford, CT.
As part of their preparation for their presentation day, Holocaust escapee, Ivan Backer, came to Classical Magnet School on April 5 to share his experiences and wisdom. He highlighted the importance of remembering history, so we don’t make the same mistakes again. Backer expressed how lucky he feels to have survived, and how he has made it his duty to give back and help the world, however he can. Overwhelmingly the mood was hopeful and energized as students dispersed back to their regularly scheduled classes. Backer inspired the students to lead lives of activism, to resist evil and be an agent of positive change.
"Fighting ideas with ideas is something that we as a human race need to work on," Moran said. "And places like Classical are places where they're educating young people to, you know, use words and interact like that, interact face to face."
WNPR’s David DesRoches recorded Mr. Backer’s interview. His feature aired on April 18 on the Morning Edition segment. His report—including written text, photos, and the radio broadcast– can be enjoyed online at http://wnpr.org/post/holocaust-escapee-inspires-students-hartford-magnet-school#stream/0
At Classical, we are proud to be able to offer our students opportunities for educational growth as well as personal growth. We strive to create productive and positive citizens for tomorrow’s world.
Ms. Tina Parziale
Theatre Teacher, Classical Magnet School