Promoting Democracy | Facing History & Ourselves

Promoting Democracy

Democracy thrives when citizens are informed and engaged. Facing History classrooms are microcosms of democracy where students learn that they belong, they have a stake, and that their voices matter.

Preserving our Democracy

By making democratic values visible in the classroom and by recognizing that the social world of young people is already a civic space, our student-centered approach makes civic learning more authentic and relevant. Facing History students learn about the importance of actively working to preserve our democracy.

“Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself.”

Compared to their peers, Facing History students were 69% more likely to report feeling strongly that it is their responsibility to be actively involved in state and local issues.

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Examining Democracy

We know that an engaged citizenry is vital for sustaining and upholding a healthy democracy, and throughout history we have been reminded of democracy’s fragility. Facing History students examine the concept of democracy itself, learning that democracy is more than a form of government—it encompasses the individuals, communities, and historical legacies that undergird our very institutions.

Eddie Glaude Jr. and a Multiracial Democracy

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Eddie Glaude Jr. and a Multiracial Democracy

Watch the full conversation with Eddie Glaude Jr.

In a democracy, the highest office is the office of citizen.
— Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurther
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