Read excerpts from from an interview with Lorna, an African American student from an urban working class family. This interview is part of a larger case study on eighth grade students and teachers.
Read interview excerpts with Jill, a white girl from an upper-middle class family. This interview is part of a series of interviews with eighth-grade students and teachers on dynamics between students and how their perspectives differ.
Explore the teacher's perspective on classroom incidents and how Facing History's curriculum helped change dynamics between students in her classroom. This is part of a series of interviews of students and teachers.
Read interview excerpts with Rhonda, an African American girl from an urban, working class family. This interview is part of a series of interviews with eighth-grade students and teachers on dynamics between students and how their perspectives differ.
Read excerpts from an interview with eighth grade student Sue, an Asian American girl from a working class family, and learn about her experience being bullied. Learn how Facing History helped Sue connect with a broader community.
Guest blogger Dr. Becki Cohn-Vargas is the director of Not in Our School, a program that creates safe, accepting, and inclusive school communities. She’s challenging you to take the Not on Our Ground pledge, a growing movement with Adobe and the NBA champion Golden State Warriors against bullying, violence, and hatred. At Facing History and Ourselves, we encourage you to be an upstander in your community - so take action today.
Students leave a Facing History classroom inspired by history—not paralyzed by it. They are inspired to learn more, to empathize, to speak up, and to advocate for change.
In partnership with The BULLY Project and other like-minded organizations, we are working with two Facing History alumnae whose study of history and the impact of choices people made have inspired them to petition the Oxford English Dictionary and Merriam Webster Dictionary to add the word upstander.
Bullying—repeated aggressive behavior with an intent to hurt another person physically, socially, or mentally—is characterized by an imbalance of power between an instigator and a victim. As classroom educators, we know that bullying takes place in many places, from classrooms to online settings.
Administrators and school officials also face a tremendous challenge as they try to create safe spaces within their schools. The first video below features a school administrator addressing a bullying incident after the fact.