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Breaking Down Stereotypes

Sarah Sansbury - September 4, 2012

As new generations come along, we hope the old beliefs mired in hate and separation will die out. The lines that once separated us continue to fade. We have evidence. Our society is more accepting now than it was decades ago of multiracial relationships, multiracial families and multiracial children. Blogger Pamela Cytrynbaum says the new generation is “rejecting the color lines” that once constrained them. The New York Times writer Susan Saulny poignantly describes the younger generation as having a “more fluid sense of identity.”

Five Ways to Build Momentum for Mix

Teaching Tolerance Staff - September 4, 2012

Schools are busy places, with lots of things competing for attention. Based on input from hundreds of schools during the past decade of Mix It Up at Lunch events, success is best achieved when you can build momentum leading up to the day—and carry it forward through the rest of the school year.

Helping Hunter Spanjer Keep His Name

Gary Wellbrock - August 31, 2012

Grand Island Public School District (GIPS) in Nebraska wanted 3-year-old Hunter Spanjer to change his name because they said it violated the school's weapons policy.

I am outraged. But more than that, I realize that students like Hunter need advocates.

Eagle Scouts Honor Integrity Through Protest

Laura Sofen - August 31, 2012

In the years since they graduated from middle school, several of my former students earned the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. I was proud of them. I read their stories in the local paper and was inspired by the various ways in which these young men improved our community. Each time, their accomplishments and selflessness impressed me. Earning the highest rank in Boy Scouts of America is an admirable achievement.

Who Will You Inspire Today?

Sarah Sansbury - August 30, 2012

Bill Gates said there would never have been a Microsoft were it not for his teachers, Fred Wright and Ann Stephens. I have to wonder if, at the time, they realized what influence they had. Was the year that they taught Gates one that stood out above the rest, or was it a school year in which they did what they always did—taught to their best ability?

Two New Guides Help Schools Combat Bias

Teaching Tolerance Staff - August 29, 2012

Responding to requests from educators across the country seeking help in addressing acts of bigotry on campus, Teaching Tolerance released two guides today designed to help create safe, welcoming schools.

New Literacies Bring Sign Language to eBooks

Gary Wellbrock - August 29, 2012

A new literacy landscape has emerged that is whispering farewell to the clothbound books of my childhood. Classrooms today are moving away from traditional print-based texts to incorporate digital media, often referred to as “new literacies.” Elementary school classrooms now come equipped with Smart Boards, computers and even iPads.

Unexpected Stereotypes and How to Combat Them

Sara Schmidt - August 28, 2012

Whether it’s the bully or the blonde, the nerd or the jock, most of us are familiar with a wide range of stereotypes. We’ve also been affected by them. But there are plenty of unexpected stereotypes that need to be acknowledged as well.

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