About | Facing History & Ourselves
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We use lessons of the past to help us create a better future.
Our Mission

Facing History & Ourselves uses lessons of history to challenge teachers and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate.

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We are Facing History & Ourselves

From one classroom in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1976, Facing History & Ourselves has become a global organization with a network of hundreds of thousands of middle and secondary school educators reaching millions of students worldwide.

We help educators prepare students to participate in civic life—using intellect, empathy, ethics, and choice to stand up to bigotry and hate in their own lives, communities, and schools.

People make choices. Choices make history.

Our Values

We create space for each other. We seek out and learn from diverse experiences and perspectives.

We are curious. We ask big questions, create connections, and dig into the complexity of our actions and behaviors, past and present.

We listen first and listen actively. We consider listening a practice and skill, not just an activity.

We act with empathy and kindness. We work to understand others and build a world where everyone feels they belong.

We stand up. We recognize injustice and speak up when we see it.

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Our dedicated and diverse staff is committed to the intellectual, moral, and ethical development of young people around the world.


Where We Work

Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, our curriculum is taught in every US state and over 100 countries around the world. In addition, we have regional offices in Chicago, Cleveland, Memphis, Los Angeles, Boston, New York, and the San Francisco Bay Area. We also partner with entities in Canada and the United Kingdom and educational organizations around the world, including Colombia, France, Mexico, Northern Ireland, and South Africa.

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