Sen. Marty Knollenberg
Sen. Marty Knollenberg

LANSING, Mich. — The state Senate on Wednesday approved legislation that would require Michigan’s social studies curriculum to include lesson plans covering genocide.

“The Armenian genocide and the Holocaust cannot be forgotten,” said state Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy. “I’m proud to stand with both Democrats and Republicans to ensure they are remembered by Michigan’s next generations.”

There are 29 countries and 43 states that officially recognize the Armenian genocide, and the Holocaust is recognized worldwide.

House Bill 4493 would require that all public and charter schools include genocide education in their social studies curriculum for grades eight to 12 beginning in the 2016-2017 school year. Lesson plans would include instruction about the Holocaust during World War II, and the Armenian genocide of the early 1900s.

HB 4493 received bipartisan support in the House and Senate and will now return to the House for a concurrence vote on the Senate’s changes.