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Turning Teachers Into Indentured Servants

Sean Price - August 5, 2010

Hundreds of guest workers are lured to the United States under false pretenses. They are ruthlessly exploited by the labor contractors who bring them here. Their U.S. employer turns a blind eye to this exploitation. And the contractor bullies the workers into paying fees and taking out loans that keep them in virtual slavery.

How My Muslim Students Made Me a Better Person

Maureen Costello - July 30, 2010

Among the baby pictures, reports on summer activities and other news reported by my many former students on Facebook, I saw this status update about a week ago: “… it’s good to see fear-mongers called out for spreading misinformation …” 

New Orleans Schools Shut the Door on the Disabled

Sean Price - July 28, 2010

A new third-grader arrives at your school. He is blind. He is autistic. He is developmentally delayed.

How does your school deal with the special needs of this child?

Lessons from Grandma About the Holocaust

Debra Solomon Baker - July 26, 2010

Last night, two children, Max and Sarah, vacationing at their grandparents’ home in Boca Raton, Florida, traveled far, far away from there. They landed in Piwniczna, a town small enough to be summed up in a single sentence on Wikipedia:

“Piwniczna-Zdrój [pivˈnit​͡ʂna ˈzdrui̯] (until 1999 Piwniczna) is a town in Nowy Sacz County, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland, near the border with Slovakia, with 5,744 inhabitants (2004).”

Anti-Gay Bias Shouldn’t Derail Sex Education

Sean Price - July 23, 2010

See if this educational goal for first-graders offends you:

“Understand human beings can love people of the same gender & people of another gender.”

The Obstacles Faced by Children of Color

Teaching Tolerance Staff - July 15, 2010

It’s widely understood that African-American kids—and other children of color—get fewer opportunities in life than white kids. But still, it is jarring to find that perception overwhelmingly confirmed in a survey of adults whose jobs involve helping children.

Bridging the Cultural Gaps in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

Sean Price - July 13, 2010

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the novel To Kill A Mockingbird. Harper Lee’s work is so powerful and popular that it has never been out of print, selling more than 30 million copies.

Getting Past ‘Stereotype Threat’

Afi-Odelia E. Scruggs - July 12, 2010

Researchers have known for decades that stereotyping students can cause them to succeed or fail. But Claude Steele, a social psychologist and provost at Columbia University, has found that students' own worries about negative stereotypes can hinder their performance. 

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