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Nathan Bedford Forrest: No Hero for Selma

Maureen Costello - August 23, 2012

Every city, town and hamlet has them: monuments commemorating pivotal events; memorials to heroes; parks, schools and public buildings named in honor of someone whose legacy is worth preserving.

Women’s Equality: One Step Closer

Lecia J. Brooks - August 23, 2012

This week, another barrier to women’s equality fell. The tony Augusta National Golf Club, home to the Masters Tournament, extended membership to two women, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore. Club Chairman Billy Payne declared it “a joyous occasion,” yet I don’t feel the urge to jump for joy.

Hooray for LGBT Allies

- August 22, 2012

After the Southern Poverty Law Center responded to a plea for help from students in Savannah, Tenn., we’re happy to report that students successfully wore pro-LGBT slogans at school last week without resistance and with mostly positive responses from classmates.

Advice for First-Year Teachers

Lisa Ann Williamson - August 22, 2012

Educators are natural cheerleaders, fierce protectors, and they rally when needed. That’s why we turned to the Teaching Tolerance community of educators for advice to offer first-year teachers. More than 100 of you responded, rallying around all the newbies. The advice ranged from practical (get rest, get a flu shot, get organized) to pensive (trust your instincts, remember each student has dignity).

End Out-of-School Suspensions

Alice Pettway - August 21, 2012

Today, the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC), together with the Opportunity to Learn Campaign, launches Solutions Not Suspensions, a national campaign calling for a moratorium on out-of-school suspensions. Teaching Tolerance supports this initiative.

Finding a Place to Belong

Peter J. Elliott - August 21, 2012

Taylor is the first baseman on our team. He’s quick and alert on the field, a celebrated athlete. He also loves musicals, and often repeats phrases and lyrics from shows. However, he would never share his love of theater with his fellow athletes, for fear of their jokes.

For this reason, he feels like an outsider. He can’t fully share who he is. Taylor is not alone.

Journaling as a Social Justice Learning Tool

Rosalie Franks - August 20, 2012

Jack read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and made an important connection. In a journal entry he wrote:

It is just the start of the novel, but I can already feel sympathy for Jim; living during that time as a colored person must have been absolutely awful. I can’t imagine anyone treating anyone like that, but then again, I was raised in a different time. 

Conflict Offers Perspective on Disputes

Sarah Anderson - August 17, 2012

A couple of years ago, I had a run-in with a parent. He had developed the habit of coming into school before the end of the day, standing outside the door of our classroom and motioning impatiently for his son, Victor, to hurry up. When I requested that he wait outside the building for his son to be dismissed, he became irate, yelled at me and angrily pulled his son out of class.

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