Facing History and Ourselves…The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Posted by Brian Gibbs on February 3, 2016

If we do it correctly, Facing History and Ourselves can be a life-long gift to our students. The "Ourselves" part is always the most difficult. It’s the part that students struggle with. Sure they can parrot it in the moment, but it is the part we hope students actually engage with for the rest of their lives. Not often enough, but from time to time we get hints that they are actually doing just that.

A student asked me, “What do I do?”

Like all questions worth asking, worth the trouble, it had no clear answer.

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Topics: Critical Thinking, A View from the Classroom

The Promise of Los Angeles

Posted by Guest Blogger on October 24, 2015

LA2050 is an initiative that invites us all to innovate, imagine and create the future of Los Angeles. Facing History LA has a vision for strengthening the opportunity for youth to shape Los Angeles to be more compassionate, more engaged. Here one teacher shares his experience of this work. If you like what you read, vote for us in the LA2050 competition and share with others! We'd love to give this opportunity to youth from all over Los Angeles.

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Topics: Los Angeles, Urban Education, Upstander, Community Event, A View from the Classroom

Leaving a Mark

Posted by Guest Blogger on June 24, 2015

In the new Facing History video with Ben Kingsley my favorite image is the split image of a young woman, the viewer sees half of the back of her head and half of her face. This challenges me.

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Topics: Facing History PSA, A View from the Classroom

Hope for the Future

Posted by Emily Weisberg on June 11, 2015

This week featured a series of blog posts from the students and teachers involved in an exchange between two Los Angeles middle schools: Sinai Akiba Academy, a Jewish day school, and New Horizon School, a Muslim day school. Today we conclude with final reflections from the teachers, Rebecca Berger and Aysha Mehdi.

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Topics: Jewish Muslim student exchange, A View from the Classroom

Facing Stereotyping and Discrimination

Posted by Emily Weisberg on June 10, 2015

This week we feature a series of blog posts from the students and teachers involved in an exchange between two Los Angeles middle schools: Sinai Akiba Academy, a Jewish day school, and New Horizon School, a Muslim day school. In this post, we hear as students from both schools reflect on the week. In accordance with school privacy policies, students are identified only by initials.

When the students from New Horizon visited Sinai, and when we went to New Horizon, I realized just how much we have in common with the Muslim students my age. We both share the struggle of discrimination and freedom of religion while living in America.

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Topics: Jewish Muslim student exchange, A View from the Classroom

Discovering Community

Posted by Emily Weisberg on June 9, 2015

Students from Sinai Akiba Academy, a Jewish day school, and New Horizon School, a Muslim day school share their experiences of participating  in an exchange between the two schools, both located in Los Angeles. In accordance with school privacy policies, students are identified only by initials.

My expectations for the exchange were very low. I was very unsure about meeting the students at New Horizon, thinking that my buddy and I wouldn’t have much in common.I doubted that we would connect on any level, because of our different religious beliefs.I didn’t expect to learn much about Islam, or see any thread between Islam and Judaism, however, I was very wrong.

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Topics: Jewish Muslim student exchange, A View from the Classroom

Muslim – Jewish Exchange Days at Los Angeles Schools

Posted by Emily Weisberg on June 8, 2015

This week we feature a series of blog posts from the students and teachers involved in an exchange between two Los Angeles middle schools: Sinai Akiba Academy, a Jewish day school, and New Horizon School, a Muslim day school. Today we hear from the two lead teachers involved: Aysha Mehdi and Rebecca Berger.

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Topics: Jewish Muslim student exchange, A View from the Classroom

People Make Choices

Posted by Rebecca Berger on May 20, 2015

https://youtu.be/ZNoxny2AE6g

People make choices. Choices make history."

My 7th graders know about Hitler. They are deeply curious about him. They ask questions about his childhood, how he died, how he got to be dictator of Germany. And while I understand their fascination with trying to understand one of the greatest demagogues of the last century, I try to channel their curiosity in a different direction; my students are not going to understand the Holocaust by uncovering everything there is to know about Hitler, but they will come much closer to understanding how the Holocaust could have happened just by looking at the everyday people who were living in Europe at that time.

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, Holocaust and Human Behavior, Critical Thinking, Facing History PSA, A View from the Classroom

One Of Us? Or One Of Them?

Posted by Guest Blogger on May 13, 2015

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Topics: Civil Rights Movement, Choosing to Participate, Bullying, Critical Thinking, Facing History PSA, Upstander, A View from the Classroom

5 Ways Principals Show Their Support

Posted by Mary Hendra on March 3, 2015

Last week, we brought together 26 teachers and 14 administrators from Facing History Partnership Schools in Los Angeles to share ideas and learn more about what deepens students' learning. (Read more about the day by clicking here.) All 40 of these educators expressed passion and vision - true leadership. We were inspired by the many ways they work collaboratively to create engaging learning environments for students.

Through the course of the day, we heard a number of ways principals in particular show their support for students and teachers as they explore the complex ideas of Facing History and Ourselves.

Principals show their support when they...

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Topics: A View from the Classroom

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