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Getting Publicity for Mix It Up

Teaching Tolerance Staff - September 28, 2012

When it comes to publicizing your Mix It Up at Lunch campaign, think a little bit old school, a little bit new school—and then start thinking beyond the school.

Stories Show We Are One Nation Indivisible

Alice Pettway - September 27, 2012

Susan Eaton and Gina Chirichigno have been fighting social inequity for years. Everywhere they went, they heard the same thing from schools and communities struggling to break down racial and economic divisions—we need more positive examples. “Astonishingly,” says Eaton, “there were really very few stories about this type of work out there.”

Disney’s Skinny Minnie Sends Wrong Message

Sara Wicht - September 27, 2012

My parents stopped patronizing our local cinema when I was a child because they were livid when the theater owner demanded to see a copy of my birth certificate as proof that I could pay the child admission price. The boycott lasted six years. Although it satisfied my mother’s desire to “not give that theater” her money, the theater’s business didn’t crumble. I am not sure it prevented the theater’s management from treating another young girl the same way.

School’s Ipod Policy Inspires Student to Lead

Amanda Ryan Fear - September 26, 2012

Junior was not the typical school leader, but he understood that listening to music could inspire his artwork.

After going over the syllabus and room procedures in my art class on the first day of school, the question came as it does each year: “Can we listen to our iPods in this class?”

Mapmaking and Boundary Crossing for Mix It Up

Teaching Tolerance Staff - September 21, 2012

Some students—and others—may ask, “Why do we need Mix It Up at Lunch Day?” A good way to lead them to their own answers is to carry out group or classroom activities designed to explore issues of social boundaries.

Little Rock Helps Students Connect with History

John Adams - September 21, 2012

Teaching African-American history to middle and high school students is sometimes daunting. I have found it is difficult for today’s youth to identify with a time when it was legal to discriminate against other human beings simply because of the color of their skin. Even more than the disconnect with the issues that were at the heart of the black freedom struggle, I was shocked at the lack of knowledge my students possessed about the long history that made something like Jim Crow possible.

New Mainstream Welcomes Everyone

Darlene Koenig - September 21, 2012

Our country’s demographics are changing. About 1 in 3 American residents is now multicultural. Much of that change has been in the South, which has seen a multicultural growth of 34 percent in just the last decade. Demographers project that white Americans will be a minority by 2042. These changes have already begun to affect the nation’s electoral map and have huge implications for November’s presidential election. And few places illustrate the pace of those changes more than Clarkston, Ga., where the PBS series “Need to Know” spent time with both old-timers and newcomers. The program, “America by the Numbers: Clarkston, Georgia,” airs tonight and will then be available online to teachers.

Keep Students Strong While We Stop Bullies

Ashley Lauren Samsa - September 20, 2012

After teaching a particularly grueling class, I looked forward to the solace of my 55-minute planning period. I started to organize the black hole that is my desk and found a folded piece of notebook paper with my name, Ms. Samsa, hastily scrawled onto it.

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