Sean Price

Sean Price worked for 11 years as a freelance author and editor before coming to the SPLC. He has written more than 40 non-fiction books, most of them aimed at young adults and teachers. Two of his books won Teachers’ Choice Awards, and three of his magazine articles garnered EdPress Awards. Price served as managing editor at Junior Scholastic magazine, where he collaborated with NBC News on the production of classroom videos. Price also reported on Wall Street for financial wire services and worked at newspapers in Texas.


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BYOD? [Bring Your Own Device] The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project recently asked over 1,600 experts what they thought the future of the Internet would...
Religion in the Locker Room  Illustration by Michael GlenwoodIn September 2011, Paul Phillips stepped out of his football team’s field house and into a struggle over the...
Therapy of Lies At age 14, John Johnson (not his real name) came out to his parents after one of several suicide attempts. His father, a conservative Roman Catholic...
Straight Talk about the N-Word The n-word is unique in the English language. On one hand, it is the ultimate insult- a word that has tormented generations of African Americans. Yet...
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Teaching Tolerance’s Spring Issue Arrives This Week Our cover story, “Possession Obsession,” focuses on teen dating abuse. With almost one-third of teen relationships involving abuse, it is imperative...
Alabama Immigration Law Tough on Students Now that a federal judge has upheld most of Alabama’s new anti-immigration law, supporters can crow that the state is "No. 1" –at least when it comes...
Americans Love Teachers! (Despite All the Critics) Given the beating that public school teachers have taken in recent months, the results of the 43rd annual PDK/Gallup poll were kind of surprising....
Time for Justice in Anoka-Hennepin The Anoka-Hennepin school district, Minnesota’s largest, has been in the national spotlight since last year. That’s when several students who were...
The Gift of Second Languages Today’s conventional wisdom is that English language learners (ELLs) need to master English as quickly as possible. Everything else is secondary. If...
Stop Using Schools to Enforce Immigration Laws U.S. public schools are not branch offices of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. That’s the message the Obama administration sent out in a...
Remember the Tulsa Race Riot May 31 marks the 90th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Riot. You can be excused if you've never heard of it. Despite being the bloodiest attack on...
Say No to the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Sometime in the next week or so, the Senate of the state of Tennessee will probably approve the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. It’s a proposed law that states...
Let the Freedom Rides Roll Through Your Class When many students think of buses and desegregation, their minds instantly go to Rosa Parks and the 1954 Montgomery Bus Boycott. But the larger civil...
Help Students Remember César Chávez Today is the kickoff of Farmworker Awareness Week. It is a time to honor the backbreaking work that goes into harvesting our food. This week...
Atheist Students Come Out of the Closet Religious topics have long been a touchy subject in public schools and none of them touchier than atheism.For young people though, the taboo...
Remembering the “Lost Cause” Recently my family stopped at the Civil War battlefield at Vicksburg, Miss., to take a walk and soak in some history. Near the monument to Louisiana’...
Earning the Medal of Freedom The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor that the U.S. government awards to civilians. Presidents select a handful of people each year...
Finding Hope in Anoka-Hennepin Last weekend, the Southern Poverty Law Center and two partners struck a legal agreement with the Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota. Amid...
Sexting and Punishment Last June, eight students at Susquenita High School near Harrisburg, Pa., got a nasty surprise. The students, who ranged in age from 13 to 17, got...
Watch for the Spring 'Teaching Tolerance' Magazine The Spring issue of Teaching Tolerance arrives in schools this week. Here’s a sneak peak: This issue contains a special section on using social media...
Being 'Tolerant' About Creationism Forty percent of Americans believe that God created humans in their present form 10,000 years ago, according to a Gallup poll released late last week...
Snapshots from Mix It Up at Lunch Day Mix It Up at Lunch Day is all about diversity. It celebrates the diversity of America’s classrooms. And it shows the diverse ways teachers can tackle...
How to Tune Out the Bigotry on Fox News Yesterday, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly appeared on the television show The View. There, he got into a heated discussion about building a mosque in...
A Chance for Justice at Low-Income Schools A legal settlement reached in Los Angeles Tuesday could reverberate through schools in low-income neighborhoods across the country. The Board of...
The Voice of a New Generation There is a growing generation gap when it comes to LGBT issues. A recent poll showed a roughly 50-50 split in public opinion over the issue of gay...
Actions Speak Volumes During Banned Books Week Banning a book can go like this: An outraged parent complains about a book to the school librarian or principal. After a noisy debate, the school...
Turning Teachers Into Indentured Servants Hundreds of guest workers are lured to the United States under false pretenses. They are ruthlessly exploited by the labor contractors who bring them...
New Orleans Schools Shut the Door on the Disabled 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...
Anti-Gay Bias Shouldn’t Derail Sex Education See if this educational goal for first-graders offends you: “Understand human beings can love people of the same gender & people of another...
Bridging the Cultural Gaps in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ The year 2010 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...
Dealing With Bias in the SAT Taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test has become a rite of passage for millions of American school kids. The path to the middle class lies through...
Dropping the N-Word The n-word holds a unique position in the English language. On one hand, it's so taboo that it is not even whispered in polite company. On the other...
Remembering a Tragedy: The Indian Removal Act One hundred eighty years ago today, President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act of 1830. This law set in motion the long, agonizing chain...
Texas vs. Textbooks: The Final Chapter? The Texas State Board of Education has been ridiculed in recent weeks for its efforts to rewrite the curriculum standards of the state’s K-12...
Meet Kevin Keller 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...
Arizona Legalizes Racial Profiling Hundreds of high school and college students gathered around the state capitol in Phoenix, Arizona, on Friday. They were there to convince Gov. Jan...
Race and Poverty Matter, Even on Earth Day There’s an old joke among real estate agents that the three most important things to consider in any property are location, location, location. With...
Time to Bury the “Lost Cause” Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has declared April Confederate History Month. His original seven-paragraph proclamation was full of paeans to grey-...
The Great Fulton Fake-Out Remember Constance McMillen? She’s the lesbian teen in Fulton, Miss., who fought to take her date to the prom and wear a tuxedo. Her case drew...
The High Price of Bullying A year ago today, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover took his own life. The Springfield, Mass., boy was about a week shy of his 12th birthday. His...
CIVILITY n. practice essential for democracy (obsolete) Last weekend was a busy time for less-than-tolerant people in Washington, D.C. First, there’s this from McClatchy Newspapers: “Demonstrators...
All Dressed Up – No Place to Go? By now, most people have heard about Constance McMillen. Last week, her school in Fulton, Miss., cancelled its prom because Constance wanted to bring...
Remember the (all-white) Alamo! The Texas State Board of Education approved standards for U.S. history and other social studies courses Friday. That is national news because of...
Texas Takes Another Crack at Textbooks The Texas State Board of Education has made nationwide headlines in recent weeks by rewriting the curriculum standards for its k-12 textbooks. Texas...
When Schools Dump Diversity Teaching Tolerance has reported many times and in many ways that the United States is plunging headlong toward racial and cultural re-segregation....
Remembering Bloody Sunday On March 7, 1965, millions of Americans sat watching their television sets in horror. Grainy black-and-white news images from Selma, Ala., showed...
Mortgaging The Future School kids today struggle with a lot outside the classroom. Their distractions range from drugs and cyberbullying to over-busy schedules and ads...
Giving Darwin His Due A few years ago, I wrote a classroom resource about ecology for elementary and middle school kids. It covered all the territory you’d expect—biomes,...
The Savage Side of Schoolmates Most of us have a story about being bullied back in school. Thankfully, most of us did not go through the childhood that William Rivers Pitt endured...
Getting Past ‘Retarded’ Medical and social service groups have generally retired the phrase mental retardation. Today, they use terms like mental disability, cognitive...
Charter Schools: Resegregating America? Are charter schools helping to resegregate public schools? A just-released study states flatly that they are. The Washington Post reports that: “...
The School of Hard Knocks Poverty is corrosive to school kids. Many of them suffer in silence while their families either spiral into homelessness or frantically struggle to...
The Spirit of Greensboro Black History Month gets underway this year by honoring a memorable milestone. Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Greensboro sit-ins. The early...
Remembering Howard Zinn As a young newspaper reporter in Texas, I covered my fair share of speeches. The thrill of hearing an important person give carefully prepared...
A Banner Day for Missing the Point If you lined up all the small-minded people on the planet, the first thousand or so would probably be school board members. For proof of that, look...
No Name-Calling Week The 2001 novel The Misfits by James Howe focuses on four friends trying to survive seventh grade. After running a gauntlet of teenage taunts and...
Texas Tears Up Textbooks Texas is in the throes of rewriting the curriculum standards for its K-12 textbooks. And that is something to be very, very worried about. It’s no...
MLK: More Than Just A Dream Every year around Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the news media start quoting his “I Have A Dream” speech. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s a...
The Top 5 Diversity Stories Of 2009 As teachers and students return to school this week, it’s worth taking one last look back at 2009. We asked ourselves, “What five news stories most...
Picture This: Using Racist Books As Art What do you do with 4,100 books full of racist nonsense? One solution is to turn them into something that can hang on a museum wall. That’s how...
Something Yule Want To Do At The Holidays I once had an elementary school teacher who tried a multicultural approach to the holiday season. She told my class about Hanukkah, which she...
Ending Child Abuse At School As a kid, I remember listening wide-eyed to my grandmother tell me about the “Dummy Room.” The Dummy Room was one of her first assignments as a young...
A School On The Edge There’s bullying, and then there’s what’s going on at South Philadelphia High School.This week, about 50 Asian students at South Philly have opted to...
Single-Gender Education: Why the Rush? A couple of years ago, my wife casually mentioned that our son’s school in Chattanooga, Tennessee, would be introducing some single-sex classes. I...
Lesbian Teen Wins Prom Equality Many gays and lesbians feel understandably frustrated right now. The U.S. military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy has yet to be repealed. And over...