Number 40: Fall 2011

Cover art by Joe McKendry

The 20th-anniversary issue covers ways to make physical education classes more inclusive. James W. Loewen writes about the real causes of the Civil War. This issue also offers tips on defending arts education and discusses the growth in secular student clubs. Download the PDF version here.


Ask Teaching Tolerance

Q: Some of my world history students have taken to drawing Confederate battle flags on their homework assignments. What should I do?

The Knight and the Cellist

Toni Giarnese found inspiration in her job thanks to a disabled boy who looked a lot like a knight in shining armor.

Down the Hall

Administrator William Joslyn says modeling tolerance is key for school leaders. “If we don’t walk the walk, we can’t expect others to.”

20 Years of Change

A look at our cover will tell you that this is Issue 40 of Teaching Tolerance magazine. It’s published twice yearly, so that round number neatly marks the end of our first 20 years.

Staff Picks

Our favorites over the years

One World

Teaching Tolerance and participating artists encourage educators to print the One World poster to hang on a classroom wall. It is created with just that purpose in mind. Enjoy!

Healing Touch

Susie King Taylor's illegal education as an enslaved child turned her into a teenage teacher and nurse during the Civil War.

Feature Articles

Getting the Civil War Right

Did America’s most divisive war start over slavery or states’ rights? James W. Loewen, author of Lies My Teacher Told Me, says that too many people— including educators—get it wrong.

We ♥ Art!

Arts programs battle budget cuts and perceptions that they’re “extra” classes. But they’re the main reason many struggling students stay focused on school.

The Unaffiliated Unite

Secular students are forming clubs for mutual support—they’ll need teacher-allies.

Game Changers

New concepts of PE and sports programs are making it more fun for everyone to play.

Straight Talk about the N-Word

Managing Editor Sean Price's interview with Arizona State University Professor Neal A. Lester. Lester has twice taught courses on the n-word—and found there’s plenty to talk about.

Mix It Up 2011: Taking It to the Next Level

Celebrate Mix It Up’s 10th anniversary this fall by making your school’s big event better than ever.

Against the Current

Alternative certification gives educators a different route to the classroom. Does it make them fish out of water once they get there?

Fighting for Human Rights

Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights curriculum inspires students to defend human rights today

Teaching the Movement

Teaching Tolerance’s new study shows that most states fail when it comes to educating students about the civil rights movement. To help schools, we’ve rereleased the powerful documentary A Time for Justice on DVD.

Bully at the Blackboard

Every adult in the building needs to act when the bully is a teacher.

Two Decades of Teaching Tolerance

Turning points from the last 20 years