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Getting Beyond the ‘Noble Savage’

Maureen Costello - May 10, 2010

Pretty much as soon as Europeans landed in the “New World” and encountered American Indians, they began creating stereotypes. 

Twenty States Still Use the Paddle

Maureen Costello - May 5, 2010

In 1964, my third-grade teacher relied mainly on an air of motherly authority to maintain control over her classroom of more than 50 8-year-olds. But when pushed, she warned darkly of deploying her spanking machine.

Bullies vs. Overweight Kids: How Can You Help?

Thom Ronk - May 4, 2010

A new study shows that obese kids are 65 percent more likely to be bullied than their peers of normal weight. Wendy Craig, a professor of psychology, highlighted the importance of teachers being proactive when she told CNN, “bullying and obesity are both major public health concerns that teachers and schools—and not just parents—need to address.”

Why I Teach: Teacher Appreciation Day

Lisa Jarvis - May 4, 2010

Editor’s Note: Today is Teacher Appreciation Day, and Teaching Tolerance wishes all educators the recognition that this teacher received. 

I have always loved to work with children. So becoming a teacher was a natural choice for me.  I truly enjoy the daily interaction with my students, but putting a finger on why exactly I teach was not easy for me to articulate—until yesterday. I received a card from a parent. Her words are why I teach:

Why Arizona Needs Ethnic Studies

Maureen Costello - May 3, 2010

My mother’s birth certificate, dated 1915 and issued in Brooklyn, New York, gives her name as Maria. I knew her only as Mary, the name that appears on her marriage certificate, her social security card and her gravestone. Her sister Philomena was so determined to get away from her name that she had it changed legally to Phyliss. Their brother Philipo chopped his down to Philip. Their other siblings? Anna became Anne, Elisa morphed into Alice and Cosimo was known to his friends as Pete.  

Meet Kevin Keller

Sean Price - April 29, 2010

He’s tall, blonde and handsome. He’s also openly gay. None of that would be exceptional but for the fact that Kevin Keller is the newest character in Archie Comics. If you’re wondering, “Who reads Archie Comics anymore?” then chances are you don’t know any young teenagers.

Dorothy Height: Fighting for Rights on Two Fronts

Afi-Odelia E. Scruggs - April 29, 2010

On August 28, 1963, at the March on Washington, Dorothy Height sat on the speakers’ platform and listened to Martin Luther King, Jr. deliver his “I Have a Dream” speech. She had helped organize the rally that brought about 250,000 people to the National Mall. In fact, she’d been in the forefront of the civil right struggle for decades as the president of the National Council of Negro Women. 

Arizona Legalizes Racial Profiling

Sean Price - April 23, 2010

Hundreds of high school and college students gathered around the state capitol in Phoenix, Arizona, on Friday. They were there to convince Gov. Jan Brewer to veto Senate Bill 1070.  These young protesters were disappointed though. Brewer signed the bill and instantly set back relations between whites and Latinos in Arizona and other parts of the country.

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