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Teaching Tolerance Magazine

Issue 57, Fall 2017

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Illustration by Kyle Webster

Memes, Trolls and Lulz

Thanks to the tech-savvy, meme-heavy, so-called “alt-right,” white nationalism has come out of the basement and entered the mainstream. The cover feature for our Fall issue helps you learn how to recognize and combat it. This issue also addresses Little Rock 60 years later, fighting fat stigma with science and how bullying affects the financial health of schools.

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Features

Secret Agents of Kindness

A teacher gave students a simple task: Be kind, but selfless. The results illustrate the contagious effects of humanity.
Debra Ginsberg
ILLUSTRATION BY Shaw Nielsen

Little Rock 60 Years Later

Looking back and looking ahead at the struggle to end segregated education.
Hasan Kwame Jeffries
Members of the 101st Airborne Division take positions outside Central High School. (Associated Press)

Bullying and the Bottom Line

The cost of bullying isn’t just psychological and physical; it’s also fiscal.
Josh Moon
ILLUSTRATION BY RYAN INZANA

What the Numbers Don’t Show

What do we mean when we say schools are failing? This Detroit teacher flips the script on the “f” word.
Matthew Homrich-Knieling
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARVIN SHAOUNI

Allowing In the Light

How one rural teacher inspired empathy with pizza, stories and an open door.
Chelsea Tornetto
ILLUSTRATION BY PING ZHU

Nothing About Us Without Us Is for Us

Youth activist Hazel Edwards recounts her journey from being pushed out of school to teaching her district how to serve transgender students.
Maya Lindberg
Photography by Karsten Moran

Speaking of Digital Literacy…

Understanding how the brain processes information can help students unravel the origins of fake news and other mysteries of the internet.
Kate Shuster
ILLUSTRATION BY Marc Rosenthal

Mindful of Equity

Practices that help students control their impulses can also mask systemic failures.
Alice Pettway
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY SUNNY PAULK

Departments

Letters to the Editor

You Spoke, We Listened

Our latest magazine issue, a brand-new guide for serving English language learners and posts about school choice have inspired a lot of dialogue with our readers.
Ask Teaching Tolerance

Advice From the Experts

Illustration by Daniel Zalkus Q: A student came in with a “Hillary for Prison” T-shirt, and I suggested it might be inappropriate for school. My administrator told the student that political statements on clothing are al
Why I Teach

The Comic Book Teacher

Comic books helped Ronell Whitaker find his superpowers—in and out of the classroom.
PD Café

Home Visits

Family engagement sounds good in theory, but what does it look like in practice? Special thanks to The Parent Teacher Home Visit Project and the Family and Community Engagement Team at Denver Public Schools whose work informed this PD Café.
Joe Anderson
Staff Picks

What We're Reading

Our book reviews can help you keep your practice fresh and informed.
Staff Picks

What We're Watching

Dim the lights and get ready to learn with these TT-approved films!
Story Corner

Washed Away

Max just wants to keep everyone safe. So why is everyone upset with him?
Alice Pettway
Illustration by Zachariah OHora
One World

Fred Rogers

Download and post this inspiring quote in your classroom.