Introducing...

Posted by Mary Hendra on March 3, 2014

We are excited to announce the launch of the new facinghistory.org! We hope you will visit us and enjoy our new look and feel, mobile-friendly design, intuitive navigation, and enhanced search capabilities.

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Topics: In the news

Celebrating and Teaching the Life of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Posted by Dylan Wray on December 6, 2013

Yesterday we said goodbye to a great teacher.

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, In the news

LA Teachers Attend Innovative Schools Conference

Posted by Mary Hendra on October 30, 2013

Facing History and Ourselves hosted a conference for partnership schools in our international Innovative Schools Network October 19-21, 2013 in Washington DC. Rather than just tell you about the conference, though, we wanted some of the teachers who attended to share their thoughts directly. We heard from:

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Topics: Safe Schools, Critical Thinking, Urban Education, In the news

Save the Darfur Puppy

Posted by Annie Brown on September 4, 2013

I informed my class: “Tomorrow, we are going to read an article called ‘Save the Darfur Puppy’” and my girls responded with a collective squeal of concern about the potentially small, cuddly, imperiled doggy they expected to discover. (I teach at an all-girl school.) I had not anticipated that the title alone would prove Nicolas Kristof’s point. In this 2007 New York Times article, he writes that people are much more likely to pay attention to the story of suffering of an abandoned dog than they are to news of millions of suffering people—human beings—displaced by war or genocide.

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Topics: Critical Thinking, Social and Emotional Learning, In the news, A View from the Classroom

Moving Beyond Martin and Zimmerman: Questions for Starting A Constructive Dialogue

Posted by Mary Hendra on July 24, 2013

At Facing History, we spend a lot of time thinking about the questions, actions, and choices people worldwide made in the aftermath of violent events throughout history – events ranging from the Armenian Genocide to the Holocaust to the American civil rights movement. This exploration of historical events allows us to both investigate the complexity of the events as well as reflect upon connections to ourselves and today with a grounding of historical understanding.

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Topics: Safe Schools, Critical Thinking, In the news

Judgment, Memory, Legacy, and Paula Deen

Posted by Stephanie Carrillo on July 10, 2013

For the past 15 years, I have taught Facing History at Crossroads School in Santa Monica. In my class, students use primary source readings, memoirs, and texts that explore pivotal moments in world history – moments of mass violence and genocide, moments of crimes against humanity, and moments when civil rights have been disregarded. I teach Facing History because I believe that through the study of historical instances of racism, of intolerance, of antisemitism, and of hatred, my students can increase their ability to be compassionate, tolerant, loving, and productive members of their own communities today. In studying how past violence and prejudices came to be, I see my students better able to understand and question the roots of the violence and prejudice they see and read about in the news. So when the story broke recently about celebrity chef Paula Deen’s use of the “n word,” I immediately turned to what I’ve learned by teaching a Facing History class to better understand the events.

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Topics: Race and Membership in American History: Eugenics, In the news

Boston, from a distance

Posted by Mary Hendra on April 20, 2013

Monday morning, as marathon runners and spectators filled the streets of Boston, I had the privilege of introducing Arn Chorn Pond, a survivor of the Cambodian genocide, to the 9th-grade students at Gertz Ressler High School near downtown Los Angeles. The juxtaposition of Arn’s visit and the violence that would break out in Boston later that day became a focus of thought for me as the week unfolded, as it did for many others in the L.A. office of Facing History, which is headquartered in Brookline, just next to Boston. As teachers and students in Boston prepare to return to school Monday, I hope you’ll join me in offering thoughts, teaching strategies, and your own experiences from a difficult week. Whether we were in Boston or California, acts of violence affect all of us in a global community and raise important questions of how our communities heal and move forward in the wake of trauma.

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, In the news, A View from the Classroom

Women and the Identity of a Soldier

Posted by Elana Goldbaum on March 14, 2013

Identity is a key concept in a Facing History classroom and I believe one of the most exciting to discuss because it encourages students to think of their own identity, which can be very complicated: the way society perceives a person versus how they see themselves. This is a versatile concept that can be connected to any moment, and current events such as the recent change concerning women in the armed forces, are a perfect way to do that.

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Topics: Critical Thinking, In the news, A View from the Classroom

And the Award Goes To...

Posted by Emily Weisberg on February 25, 2013

When I was 12, I was stuck at home the entire summer with my leg in a brace, recovering from knee surgery. My Dad, never one to miss an opportunity, decided this would be the perfect time to give me a crash course in cinema. A film buff, my Dad had waited all twelve whole years of my life to show me the films that shaped, inspired and entertained him and now, because I couldn't outrun him, he was going to pass those films on to me.

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, Critical Thinking, In the news

A Tribute to Leon Leyson

Posted by Mary Hendra on January 14, 2013

Leon Leyson was a life-long teacher, a student of humanity, an amazing human being, and the youngest member of Schindler's List. I was sad to hear of his passing this weekend.

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Topics: Holocaust and Human Behavior, In the news

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