For more than 30 years, Facing History has believed that education is the key to combating bigotry and nurturing democracy.
Through a rigorous investigation of the events that led to the Holocaust, as well as other recent examples of genocide and mass violence, students in a Facing History class learn to combat prejudice with compassion, indifference with participation, and myth and misinformation with knowledge.
We work with educators throughout their careers to improve their effectiveness in the classroom, as well as their students' academic performance and civic learning.
At the heart of our work is the resource book Facing History and Ourselves: Holocaust and Human Behavior, which explores the consequences of hatred. Facing History’s 55 resources and original publications help students and educators all over the world learn to recognize bigotry and indifference. Through our guides and teaching methods, students are introduced to individuals who have shown courage and compassion throughout history in the face of injustice, and see that their own daily choices can have major impacts and perhaps even be a critical link to a safer future.
With in person and online seminars and workshops, Facing History engages educators to teach civic responsibility, tolerance, and social action to young people as a way of fostering moral adulthood. If we do not educate students for dignity and equity, then we have failed both them and ourselves.
Facing History’s impact in supporting teachers’ effectiveness and promoting students’ academic development and civic learning has been demonstrated in more than 100 studies by independent researchers and Facing History evaluators.