Facing History Has an Impact on Schools
Classrooms Become Safe Spaces
Another rigorous independent study of an urban district demonstrated that Facing History has a significant impact on students’ empathy, pro-social behavior, and civic attitudes, and decreases aggression. After two years of exposure to Facing History, students were less likely than the control group to endorse bystanding in bullying situations and more likely to endorse intervening to stop it.
In another study, Harvard University researchers found that students in Facing History classrooms showed significant increases in social awareness and skills, along with decreases in racist attitudes and self-reported fighting, compared to a non-Facing History comparison group.
School Climate Improves
Students from an urban charter school that integrates Facing History in humanities classrooms across all four grades reported powerful impacts on the school and classroom:
- 95% of students and faculty observed ways in which Facing History has positively impacted their school
- Students also rated their Facing History classroom climate as highly respectful and inclusive