Revised in 2018, this one-week curriculum introduces students to the history of the Holocaust and the choices of individuals, groups, and nations that contributed to genocide.
This Teaching Idea provides students with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of democracy and a framework for making meaning of news stories about the tensions and conflicts in democracies today.
George Floyd's brutal death at the hands of police, the sorrow and outrage of protesters in Minneapolis, and presidential tweets that escalate threats of further violence—all set against the backdrop of an ongoing pandemic which disproportionately impacts communities of color. These events underscore how the legacy of slaveholding has passed to many in our society—including, lethally, law enforcement—who too frequently display indifference and disregard for black lives and black dignity. We commit to using the lessons of history to challenge teachers and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate and we ask you to join us.
While young people have a huge stake in US elections, historically they don’t show up when it comes time to vote. These teaching ideas allow students to explore youth voter turnout trends and how young people are trying to change them.
Roger Brooks, CEO and President of Facing History and Ourselves, grieves for Charleston, SC and reminds us that communities can heal from hate crimes.
Use this Teaching Idea to inform students about recent episodes of racism and antisemitism in schools across the US, probe their causes and impact, and consider positive ways that communities can respond to hate.
As students take action after Florida's school shooting, introduce a framework for civic participation in your classroom. Facing History has also created suggested discussion questions to help you have the difficult conversations that follow traumatic violent events. Use these questions as a starting point to spark a dialogue around the ways youth can get involved, be Upstanders, and make their voices heard in their own communities.