Facing History and Ourselves

Facing History and Ourselves

Facing History and Ourselves is an international educational and professional development organization that provides development services and curricular resources to educators. It was founded in 1976 by [http://www.facinghistory.org/campus/reslib.nsf/sub/aboutus/historymission/margots+journey Margot Stern Strom] . It focuses on bringing ethical and moral philosophy to history and social studies classes, particularly issues of racism, civic responsibility and tolerance.


Since 1976, Facing History and Ourselves has offered in-depth professional development services; curricular resources; and ongoing support to educators and students in the areas of history, social studies, and language arts. They are dedicated to helping teachers around the world lead their students in a critical examination of history, with particular focus on genocide and mass violence.Facing History’s work is based on the premise that we need to—and can—teach civic responsibility, tolerance, and social action to young people, as a way of fostering moral adulthood.


For engaging students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry, Facing History and Ourselves received the Courage of Conscience Award from The Peace Abbey in Sherborn, Massachusetts. [http://www.peaceabbey.org/awards/cocrecipientlist.html]

For her work with Facing History and Ourselves, Margot Stern Strom was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Education by Simmons College in 2008.


Facing History and Ourselves serves an ever-expanding global network of educators reaching an estimated 1.6 million students around the world each year. The network includes teachers in over 80 countries and is headquartered in Brookline, Massachusetts. Other offices are in Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Denver, CO; Los Angeles, CA; Memphis, TN; New York City, NY; and San Francisco, CA.

ee also

* Little Rock Nine
* Elizabeth Eckford
* Emmett Till
* Holocaust
* Armenian Genocide
* Jena Six
* United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

External links

* [http://www.facinghistory.org Facing History And Ourselves Official Website]
* [http://www.choosingtoparticipate.org Choosing To Participate]
* [http://www.peaceabbey.org/awards/cocrecipientlist.html The Peace Abbey Website]

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