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.”
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.
Facing History offers educators the training, tools, and resources to intentionally shape learning environments to embody equitable and democratic values, not just during a civics unit, but every day of the school year.