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Facing History and Ourselves is an elective course offered at Boston Latin School that is aimed at teaching students about tolerance and humanity, with a focus on the ability to question indifference. An important goal of the course is to foster the development of perspective taking and "critical viewing." With a curriculum that is based around the study of the Holocaust, the course probes into the dangers presented to society in its various forms: stereotypes, bigotry, and misinformation. Students study the history of domestic and foreign racism and anti-Semitism and delve into the moral aspects of human behavior with an eye toward the ethical. The course also offers guest lecturers as well as speakers from the History and English departments. Students learn about consequences and individual decision making and choices as they look at primary source documents, literature, history, art, and the Internet.