Roger Brooks

Roger Brooks is the President and CEO of Facing History and Ourselves.

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Forming Better Arguments to Build a Better Democracy

Posted by Roger Brooks on May 22, 2018

Good arguments are crucial to a healthy American civic life. They provide a means to reckon with difference and sometimes to forge joint solutions. We’re a pluralistic, democratic society — one that encompasses people from all backgrounds and walks of life — and we do not want to embrace only one point of view or approach to making the world a better place. We actually desire thoughtful debate expressed through different viewpoints because a thriving democracy needs good arguments.

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On Teacher Appreciation Day, I See Hope and Progress Thanks to You

Posted by Roger Brooks on May 8, 2018

Today is Teacher Appreciation Day and in many ways, it couldn’t come soon enough. We know it’s been a tough year. Students returned to school amidst the backdrop of Charlottesville in August, the threat to repeal DACA in September, and now, as the school year winds down, we’re ending with marches and walkouts in the aftermath of Parkland.

And though it is hard to see this while we’re all in the thick of navigating tense moments, from where I sit, I see progress. I see hope, because of your good work. You have prepared your students for these rough times.

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John B. King, Jr: In 2018, Let’s Recommit to Our Vital Role as Citizens

Posted by Roger Brooks on January 17, 2018

The past year has warranted a lot of reflection for all of us. It’s left us all asking ourselves, “Where do we go from here?” and “How do we get there?” While we’re still grappling with these questions, there’s one answer I know is clear: The most important element to helping our young people uphold the values of democracy is a strong civic education.

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Topics: Democracy

How Asking "So What?" on Yom HaShoah Can Lead to a Better Future

Posted by Roger Brooks on April 24, 2017

Today is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Roger Brooks, Facing History’s President and CEO, shares his reflections about how we can study the past to empower young people to make positive choices that can change our future for the better.

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Topics: Holocaust and Human Behavior

On Brussels

Posted by Roger Brooks on March 22, 2016


Sadly, the Brussels bombings show us that humanity is deeply fractured. Although many of us want to join together and bind wounds, we must also acknowledge that something is very wrong.

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Topics: International, Human Behavior, News, Europe, Brussels

We Need to Talk

Posted by Roger Brooks on December 8, 2015

The roots of violence and injustice are complex and mired in societal and political specifics around the globe.

Facing History and Ourselves teaches that rigorous study of history can help us make choices for a better future. Each history has its own lessons, but all of them give us a platform from which to ask fundamental questions, in communities and in schools: how did identity impact the choices people made in the past? How do we, today, engage with each other across difference?

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Topics: Facing History Resources, Race and Membership, Facing History and Ourselves, Community Conversations, Bryan Stevenson

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