Student Question

What were the features of Nazi schooling?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Adolf Hitler understood the importance of getting his ideology out to the youth of his nation. He did this through his Hitler Youth program and the public education system. This process of indoctrination occurred immediately after his appointment as chancellor. The major feature of Nazi schools was that they were essentially propaganda machines. Teachers were trained in the tenets of National Socialism and were expected to communicate them to their students. Important in this ideology was the pseudoscience of race biology and a doctrine of racism. Germans were taught that Jews were an inferior race and were the cause of many of the nation's problems. Jews were excluded from German schools as teachers and students.

German schools were also tasked with the duty of preparing students for war. Physical education took on a new importance as did geography and history. Much of the science curriculum focused on studying the races and biological differences between Aryans and the other races. Some teachers resisted teaching the Nazi ideology out of a sense of human decency, but most were too afraid to agitate the party.

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access
Approved by eNotes Editorial