Number 42: Fall 2012

Cover art by David Vogin

Teaching Tolerance focuses on how educators can observe the upcoming 50th anniversaries of important events in the civil rights movement. Download the PDF version here.


When Everything Hangs on a Second Chance

Beth Hammett found out the hard way that most good things in education hang on giving people second chances.

Open the Door to a Safe Learning Environment

Counselor Torrye Reeves believes there are three keys to keeping parents involved with their kids at school: communication, communication, communication.

Tell it to the President

The winner of the 2012 presidential election will face huge challenges when it comes to education. We wanted educators—the real experts—to have their say on the issues they think are most important. So we asked our readers to tell this year’s candidates why students matter, what they need and how to improve schools. Here are a few of the responses.

What We’re Reading

The Teaching Tolerance staff reviews the latest in culturally aware literature and resources, offering the best picks for professional development and teachers of all grades.

Be a Good Boy

Story Corner: In 1920, Tennessee lawmaker Harry Burn followed his mother's advice on a controversial vote—and "freed 17 million women from political slavery."

Feature Articles

Confronting White Privilege

Many affluent students are oblivious to issues of race and class. Here are two teaching strategies designed to open their eyes.

Yoga in Public Schools

More public schools are discovering yoga for kids can benefit classroom management—and learning.

Title IX at 40

This 1972 law was never just about sports—it radically changed everything about education for girls and women.

Meeting Mathew

Students with hidden disabilities can be a handful. Fellow students dislike them. Teachers are wary. But these students need not be lost in the shuffle or ostracized. Educators, parents and the students themselves can—working together—change the attitudes and behaviors causing so much trouble.

Struggling in Suburbia

Many suburban schools are facing what for them is a new problem—poverty.

Once Upon a Time in America

Don’t sugarcoat history in teaching the civil rights movement. Students deserve the full truth about both the racial bias that caused it and our hesitant steps toward freedom.

Making Invisible Histories Visible

This innovative program helps at-risk students stay in school and builds community, both in school and out.

Therapy of Lies

‘Conversion therapy’ poses as a medical treatment—but it’s really a type of bullying. Know what it is and how to help when LGBT students are told to ‘pray away the gay.’

You’re Not from Around Here

The importance of challenging regional bias in the classroom

New Resources from Teaching Tolerance

Two new resources from Teaching Tolerance can help educators address acts of bigotry that threaten a healthy school climate.