Duncanville High School in Lancaster is a small, liberal-arts school, but its curriculum includes a lot of history, philosophy and politics.
The school is also known for its liberal-art classes and the fact that the principal is Jewish, though that’s changing as the school tries to diversify its students.
The dean of students and faculty at the school, Yael Marduk, told The Jerusalem Report that the curriculum includes history, political science and economics.
She said that the history curriculum emphasizes the importance of history and that the focus is not on “political theory, but on history.”
“There is a focus on what was going on in history before the Holocaust,” Marduz said.
“It’s important that our students understand that it was not the only genocide that happened.”
In the philosophy and political science classes, students learn about political issues and what is being discussed in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In the history class, students study history and its impact on the world.
“There’s a focus in history on the idea of Israel as a state and what it was trying to achieve in the Middle East,” Morduk said.
The history curriculum focuses on issues such as Palestine, the Holocaust and Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.
“We want our students to learn about what it meant for Israel in the world before it became a state, but it was also an occupation,” she said.
“This is something that Israel and its people have been trying to deal with for many, many years, and it was important that we teach students about that.”
The political science class focuses on the Arab-Israeli conflict.
It focuses on political issues, and is taught in a secular, non-sectarian way.
“The political studies is an excellent subject for all students, whether you’re a Muslim or a Christian or a Jew,” Marnu said.