We live in very turbulent times. It’s getting more difficult to make sense of things, and it’s hard to know what is true and how to accurately interpret the news. It helps to have context. It helps to understand the big picture. It is said that “history repeats itself” and “those that don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. *Both quotes attributed to George Santayana.
The premise of Facing History Facing Ourselves is to use the lessons of history to challenge teachers and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate. Facing our collective history and how it informs our attitudes and behaviors allows us to choose a world of equity and justice. Facing History’s resources address racism, antisemitism, and prejudice at pivotal moments in history; we help students connect choices made in the past to those they will confront in their own lives. Some of their core curriculum includes:
- Holocaust and Human Behavior
- Race in US History
- Justice & Human Rights
- Global Immigration
- Genocide & Mass Violence
- Antisemitism & Religious Intolerance
- Democracy & Civic Engagement
Their collection of educator resources includes a wide range of flexible, multimedia materials, from primary sources and streaming videos to teaching strategies, lesson plans, and full units. Parents and educators can also find teaching strategies that develop students’ critical thinking and model the skills and dispositions that foster engaged, democratic citizenship.
Facing History Facing Ourselves has a four star, 90.34 rating from Charity Navigator with 81.3% of their $32 million annual revenue going toward the programs and services it delivers (FY 2018). You can donate here.