Teaching Tolerance Magazine

Issue 40, Fall 2011

Cover art by Joe McKendry

Game Changers

The 20th-anniversary issue of Teaching Tolerance does not shy away from addressing big questions in K–12 education. Are alternative teacher certifications good for U.S. schools? How can physical education classes be more inclusive? What are the real causes of the Civil War—and how should these be taught? How can white educators have classroom conversations about the n-word?

This issue is jam-packed with stories, tips and strategies for K–12 educators looking to move the needle on inclusion and cultural sensitivity in schools. 

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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.
James W. Loewen

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.
Dalina Castellanos
Illustration by Ruth Rowland

The Unaffiliated Unite

Secular students are forming clubs for mutual support—they’ll need teacher-allies.
Victoria Lim
Illustration by Nina Frenkel

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.
Sean Price
Photos by Jason Millstein

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?
Lisa Ann Williamson
Illustration by Eleanor Grosch

Fighting for Human Rights

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

Bully at the Blackboard

Every adult in the building needs to act when the bully is a teacher.
Darlene Koenig
Illustration by Mark McGinnis

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.
Teaching Tolerance Staff



20 Years of Change

A message from Teaching Tolerance director Maureen Costello.
Maureen Costello
Letters to the Editor

You Spoke, We Listened

Reader Exchange This online exchange was sparked by the Spring 2011 story "Your Students Love Social Media ... and So Can You." Most social media is inaccessible to persons with disabilities or using assistive technology
Ask Teaching Tolerance

Advice From the Experts

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

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

"It is about everything you do..."

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

Healing Touch

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

Haim Ginott

Download and post this inspiring quote in your classroom.
Illustration by Stanislawa Kodman