Choosing to Participate

While the first step of the Facing History Scope and Sequence investigates the ways that society influences the individual, this last step explores the many ways in which individuals can influence the society in which they live. How does learning about the history of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust educate us about our responsibilities in the world today?

The news from around the world can be overwhelming, and people often wonder how they can help with the enormous job of bringing about a more humane, just, compassionate world and a more democratic society. The resources on this page provide examples of individuals and groups who have chosen to speak out or take action to help achieve these goals. These stories encourage us to think about the ways we can participate as caring, thoughtful citizens in the world around us, and they help us reflect on the values and actions that will strengthen our communities rather than make them more fragile.

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