According to the Teaching Tolerance report The Trump Effect: The Impact of the Presidential Campaign on Our Nation’s Schools, nearly 40 percent of the 2,000 teachers who responded to TT’s election survey are hesitant to teach about the election. Some educators cite concerns about the students who fear being ostracized or even deported if certain candidates win. Other teachers don’t know how to handle the fact that students are repeating the hate-filled language they hear from candidates’ speeches and social media posts. Still other teachers, like me, feel they must discuss this election with students.
Here are a two of the strategies I have used to teach students the skills to decode what is being said. Focusing on these skills has helped my students come to realizations all their own. Kids who were enjoying the excitement that comes with blaming and bullying have pumped the brakes and thought a little more carefully.
Teacher expectations matter for student achievement, and there's plenty of evidence that those expectations can be subconsiously shaped by a lot more than a child's academic ability. One study suggests racial bias—long found to affect teacher expectations—can show up differently for minority students who are struggling and those who are high-fliers.
Transforming bystanders into "upstanders" is an effective strategy for bullying prevention. This collection of videos and resources will show students how to speak out when they see someone being bullied.
This horrible tragedy presents a national teachable moment. That moment must include teachers at all levels crafting our curricula and courses to include this history of slavery, white supremacy, and terrorist violence against black people—and its legacy, far from transcended, into the present.
Although I'm certainly no fan of soda or even Coca-Cola, the Super Bowl ad they created featuring Americans singing America the Beautiful in many languages was brilliant. This link takes you to a page on Coke's website that gives the story behind the ad and features (scroll down) videos of each of the different singers and identifies the language in which they were singing. There's also a really great video here: youtu.be/1ReHUMUb9gY with interviews of the people featured in the video who discuss their experiences with racism and xenophobia. Thanks to my colleague Brianna Robbins for pointing these out to me.
On Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day: 'International Holocaust Remembrance Day is on January 27th. It marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. The United States officially commemorates the Holocaust during Days of Remembrance, which is held each April, marking the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising."
Part of solving a problem involves admitting that a problem exists. Talking about racism in Maine is a loaded issue, no one wants to see their beloved state being slammed and sullied. Yet I have been in Maine since 2002 and for all the wonderful things that I have come to love about this state (yes, there are things that I love about Maine), I don’t love how so many of my fellow residents refuse to acknowledge that discrimination and bigotry are very real and that for Mainers of color, we often have a very tumultuous relationship with the state.
"February is Black History Month: a time to commemorate the achievements and struggles of African Americans throughout U.S. history. In classrooms across the country, teachers will aim to strike a balance between the triumphs and ingenuity of African Americans in politics, literature, the arts, science while also addressing the struggle for justice." Graphite reviews 10 online resources for helping to teach this topic.
"How should schools respond to incidents of teasing and bullying related to gender and sexual identity? In an article Challenging homophobic bullying in schools, Daniel Monk draws attention away from therapeutic or disciplinary responses to bullying, arguing we should understand homophobic bullying as part of a broader politics related to childhood and sexuality."
"The 60th anniversary of the historic Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling is almost upon us and it’s a good time to take a look at whether it succeeded in its mission: to end segregation in public schools. Here is an important report about what has and has not been accomplished by the case. It was written by Richard Rothstein, a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, a non-profit created in 1986 to broaden the discussion about economic policy to include the interests of low- and middle-income workers. "
In art school, Phil Hansen developed an unruly tremor in his hand that kept him from creating the pointillist drawings he loved. Hansen was devastated, floating without a sense of purpose.
Heather Perkinson's insight:
Brandong Baldwin, from the Maine Attorney General's Office Civil Rights Team Project, shared this with me and other CRTP advisors yesterday at a workshop in Portland. It teaches an amazing lesson about using our limitations to drive creativity.
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