Teaching Tolerance Magazine

Issue 37, Spring 2010

Cover art by Mick Wiggins

The New Segregation

This issue of Teaching Tolerance looks at the promise of the landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education: that all children will grow up attending integrated schools. The sad truth is that public schools are more segregated today than they were 40 years ago. Some schools are buying into the idea that separate can be equal—and not just along racial lines.

In this issue, find feature stories on gender-segregated classrooms, racially segregated schools, schools created for LGBT youth and their straight allies, and charter schools tailored to the needs of newly arrived immigrants.

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The Only One

Where schools are still separate and unequal, parents often look beyond their local school for solutions. But when you’re the only person of color in your class, school can become a struggle between two worlds.
Afi-Odelia E. Scruggs
Illustration by Scott Bakal

Into the Mainstream

In third grade, Julia Horsman’s entire science project consisted of being herded outside with the other kids with disabilities and rolling soda cans down a ramp, some empty, some full, to see which would travel farther and faster.
Nirvi Shah
Photography by John Healey

Unmaking Brown

America’s schools are more segregated now than they were in the late 1960s. More than 50 years after Brown v. Board of Education, we need to radically rethink the meaning of “school choice.”
Tim Lockette
Illustration by Mick Wiggins

Uncovering the Movement

By letting students ‘do’ history for themselves
Afi-Odelia E. Scruggs
Photography by Amber Sigman

'Homo High'

Some people argue “gay-friendly” schools offer needless segregation. Others say they’re the only chance some kids have to make it.
Carrie Kilman
Illustration by Sean McCabe

Immigrant Charter Schools: A Better Choice?

Charter schools tailored to the needs of newly arrived immigrants are getting a lot of attention. But are they working? And will they lead to a new kind of segregation?
Camille Jackson
Illustration by Anita Kunz

Check the Labels

A simple writing assignment sharpens students’ minds — and challenges their biases.
Bob Blaisdell
Illustration by Danijela Dobric

Whose Student Is She?

No Child Left Behind is plunging many English language learners into the educational mainstream — and sometimes getting them in over their heads.
Elizabeth Varela
Illustration by James Gulliver Hancock

‘I Don’t Think I’m Biased’

‘Encounter experiences’ help pre-service and practicing teachers confront their attitudes about race and privilege.
Pat Clark
Illustration by Peter Grundi



How We Live Our Lives

A message from Teaching Tolerance director Lecia J. Brooks.
Lecia J. Brooks
One World


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