In light of our discussion on Reconstruction Plans last week, consider a controversial new plan by Nicolas Sarkozy, the president of France. In order to pay tribute to the French victims of the Holocaust, Sarkozy has called for a new national curriculum in which each student in French schools is "entrusted with the memory of a child-victim of the Holocaust." Each student would learn the life story of a victim, which advocates say would guarantee that the memories would not be lost and that the nation could better understand its past.
What if the U.S. passed a new law requiring all students to learn the life story of a slave? To what extent would this help our nation heal the wounds of slavery? How feasible would such a plan be? Can you suggest another way in which our country can address its past? What is your view on reparations? Or, do you believe the nation has already comes to terms with its past? (If you hold this last view, what has the country done to address the past-wrongs of slavery?)