As I prepared to write this post, I had to confront the most difficult, yet most important, person that I would be in conversation with: myself.
Political theorists, going as far back as John Stuart Mill and John Dewey, have long argued that exposure to diverse perspectives is vital both to a robust civil society and to the development of individuals within those societies.
For 38 years, Facing History and Ourselves has been empowering young people to examine complex moments in history and understand the transformative power we all possess as human beings. This Giving Tuesday, we are sharing some of the ways Facing History students and teachers around the world are making positive differences.
From over 400 nominations, we selected 20 finalists from around the world for the 2014 Facing History Together Teacher Recognition Contest. Then you voted for the educator whose story and work inspired you most.
Today we are so thrilled to introduce you to our 2014 Facing History Together Teacher Recognition Contest winner Hayden Frederick-Clarke, the founding math teacher at Diploma Plus, a small learning community at Charlestown High School in Boston, Massachusetts. Frederick-Clarke will receive a $5,000 teaching grant to benefit his school and community, and to further his work as a great educator.
Teachers have to create this emotional space where it’s safe, but challenging. Where people can be themselves. Where people can take chances and fail. Where people can tell stories about themselves and reveal things about themselves without risk of derision, without fear of being marginalized. Without safety there is nothing, there is no learning.”
Facing History and Ourselves is saddened to note the passing of Thomas M. Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor, at age 71. Mayor Menino was a champion for civic and educational equality, and a longtime supporter of Facing History.
National Anti-Bullying Week takes place in the United Kingdom 17th to 21st of November. This year's theme is "let's stop bullying for all."
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What does it mean to face history in your own community? And how do you teach a history in a community where its legacies are still unfolding?
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For decades, students, parents, volunteers, and community members have been inspired by their Facing History and Ourselves encounters – whether in the classroom, at public and private events in-person or online, or through any of the teachers or alumni who talk about their transformative experiences from bystander to upstander.