Teaching Tolerance Magazine

Issue 42, Fall 2012

Cover art by David Vogin

Once Upon a Time in America

The Fall 2012 issue looks back to the struggles of the civil rights movement in 1963. The cover story—framed by a ready-to-use classroom timeline of 1963—encourages educators to observe the upcoming 50th anniversaries in all their complexity.

The issue also reflects on the 40th anniversary of Title IX. The law was never just about sports.

Readers will also find information about two new Teaching Tolerance booklets: Responding to Hate and Bias at School and Speak Up at School. Is your school prepared to respond to incidents of hate or prejudice? Dig in, and equip yourself.

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Confronting White Privilege

Many affluent students are oblivious to issues of race and class. Here are two teaching strategies designed to open their eyes.
Katy Swalwell
Illustration by Whitney Sherman

Yoga in Public Schools

More public schools are discovering yoga for kids can benefit classroom management—and learning.
Lisa Ann Williamson
Illustration by Jon Reinfurt

Title IX at 40

This 1972 law was never just about sports—it radically changed everything about education for girls and women.
Carrie Kilman
Illustration by Celyn Brazier

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.
Paul Roud
Illustration by Kim Rosen

Struggling in Suburbia

Many suburban schools are facing what for them is a new problem—poverty.
David McKay Wilson
Corbis Images

Making Invisible Histories Visible

This innovative program helps at-risk students stay in school and builds community, both in school and out.
Ana María Hanssen
Photography by Robert Ervin

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.’
Sean Price
Illustration by Keith Negley


Letters to the Editor

You Spoke, We Listened

Reader Exchange “ Possession Obsession ” inspired this conversation online. I would hope a parent would teach their child these things. I would not leave these topics up to the school. –Submitted by Tracie Cinquegrana Wa
Letters to the Editor

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.
Ask Teaching Tolerance

Advice From the Experts

Illustration by Scott Bakal Q: You recommend that we teach about the undocumented, but I’m concerned about irate parents. How can we teach about controversial issues that have a political undercurrent without making them
Staff Picks

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.
Story Corner

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."
John Micklos Jr.
One World

Anatole France

Download and post this inspiring quote in your classroom.