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Teaching Tolerance

The Future Demands We Teach About Diversity, Bias

Maureen Costello | Posted 07.15.2014 | Education
Maureen Costello

Eighth-graders in Christopher Avery's world cultures class often found that learning about the world meant confronting their own biases. When the class discussed the Middle East, talk turned to the power of stereotypes.

What Can We Do? In Response to the 3 Israeli Boys Who Were Kidnapped and Murdered

Jill Patir | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Jill Patir

It may not solve the crisis in the Middle East, and it may not put an end to war, but if we can raise a generation of more tolerant and accepting humans, it certainly is a step in the right direction.

The Friends Who Were My Son's ‘Best Medicine'

Julie Guillot | Posted 07.27.2014 | Parents
Julie Guillot

There is no way to adequately thank "BFF" Julia and the kids who made time for and stuck with him -- those who brought doses of the best medicine known to Man -- doses of "normal" during his years-long illness.

Marketers Don't Do Tolerance

Jim Joseph | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business
Jim Joseph

Tolerance implies that we learn to put up with it. Against our better judgment and against what we would normally do, we're just going to keep our mouths shut and deal with it.

Tell Congress to Mix It Up

Maureen Costello | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Maureen Costello

Here's what we've learned after 12 years of doing Mix: When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and mis-perceptions can fall away. That sounds like a good goal for all of us, including our elected representatives.

To The Author Of The Anonymous Note Left On My Car Window

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 10.27.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

In your hurry to keep things neat and orderly, you didn't see the whole picture. You didn't see the wheelchair lift permanently installed into the back of my SUV, and you didn't see me unload my little girl's pink manual wheelchair that we use for "quick" trips.

The Other Angry Mom

Patrice E. Athanasidy | Posted 10.21.2013 | Parents
Patrice E. Athanasidy

One of my problems with the letter is it confirmed something I have known for years. Those looks -- the ones we have gotten in stores, on the street, at the playground, at church -- some of those looks match this woman's words. I had hoped I was interpreting them incorrectly.

My Kids Are Biracial: Let's Discuss

Jenn Horton | Posted 06.25.2013 | Parents
Jenn Horton

Just because I know something doesn't mean it should be known. I usually don't have any insight into what led them to their question or statement toward me. I just know that there's something in it that might not feel easy to navigate. Much of what is worthwhile is not easy.

William McGuinness

What Can Students Learn From The KKK?

HuffingtonPost.com | William McGuinness | Posted 03.20.2013 | Black Voices

Popular knowledge suggests that hate is learned, like writing or reading. So who is the most effective teacher, and what happens when professors and t...

Tolerance Begins At Home

Chris Stedman | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Chris Stedman

My mom is almost never embarrassed to speak her mind. But she also makes an effort not to be mean, abrasive or hurtful to others in doing so. She taught me to be strong, but she also showed me how to be kind.

Two Cheers for 'Tolerance'

John Schwartz | Posted 02.17.2013 | Gay Voices
John Schwartz

Vocabulary alone can't fix our problems. But being mindful of what words do is a great start to making the world the kind of place that will embrace these kids so that they can embrace the world right back.

Christian Group Protests Anti-Bullying Day At Schools, Claims It Promotes Homosexual Agenda

Posted 10.15.2012 | Education

A conservative evangelical group is encouraging parents to boycott “Mix It Up at Lunch Day” on Oct. 30 by keeping their children home from school....

Teaching in a Diverse America: It's the Relationships That Matter

Maureen Costello | Posted 09.14.2012 | Education
Maureen Costello

Our nation continues to grow more diverse. It's especially apparent in our nation's classrooms where one out of four students are the children of im...

Civil Rights Education 'Dismal' Across The Country

The Huffington Post | Emmeline Zhao | Posted 11.30.2011 | Education

"Dismal." Likely not a word ever preferred in an educational setting, but the description the Southern Poverty Law Center found appropriate to ass...

Whoopi's White Noise Comes with a Study Guide

Maureen Costello | Posted 06.12.2011 | Education
Maureen Costello

In less than two hours, Whoopi Goldberg's White Noise manages to entertain -- it's very well packaged, after all -- and provoke a lot of thought about the current racial environment.

The Secret to Making Schools Great

Maureen Costello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Maureen Costello

And as we well know, arts programs like these are the first to go when the budget ax falls. But programs like these are the reason many students show up at school every day.

Why Teachers Go Bad

Larry Strauss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Larry Strauss

Communism, terrorism, bad teachers -- the new enemies of freedom are finally getting the recognition they deserve.

Denial Is Not An Effective Anti-Bullying Program

Maureen Costello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Maureen Costello

The suicides of boys tormented by anti-gay harassment grabbed the public's attention this fall. For every tragic and unnecessary case that makes it to the news, there are others we don't hear about.

What To Do About the Civil War?

Maureen Costello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Maureen Costello

Warning to teachers: We have four years ahead in which our students will be bombarded by lies, omissions and wishful thinking about the Civil War. Our job is to tell them the truth.

Bullying is a Civil Rights Issue

Maureen Costello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Maureen Costello

Bullying is not just confined to a few bad apples. Half of high school students surveyed admitted to having bullied someone during the past year.

More Than a Test Score

Carolyn Foote | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Carolyn Foote

When we try to define what makes a good education, we can never forget that what we teach our students goes far beyond what is measured on a test.

Gay Student Suicides and the Need for Empathy

Maureen Costello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Maureen Costello

A few months ago, researchers issued a study reporting that today's college students display significantly less empathy than their peers from 30 years ago. I did not want to believe the study. But I wonder.

Mindfulness and Tolerance, Especially in Florida

Deborah Schoeberlein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein

In Gainesville, Florida people have rallied around a message of hatred. Wouldn't it be better to speak respectfully and mindfully? What we do now makes a difference, for better or for worse.