Teaching Tolerance Magazine

Issue 54, Fall 2016


Teach the 2016 Election!

Teaching elections in our polarized political environment can be a difficult—and daunting—task for many educators. That’s why the Fall 2016 issue highlights practical concerns about bringing politics into the classroom. Equipped with key resources and a strategy that emphasizes civil discourse and respect for differences, you can engage your students and teach about ideological perspectives, even during the most contentious campaigns.

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No Time Off

At the end of the school day, many kids carry responsibilities far beyond homework.

If It Can Happen Here …

When election rhetoric threatened their district culture, this group of California teachers organized a “Teach In.”

Rock the Vote

The organization clearly has great brand recognition, but what does it really mean to “Rock the Vote”?

Teach 2016

You want to teach about the election, but there's a lot of hostility and tension getting in the way. Here's your quick guide to surviving the weeks leading up to November 8.

Burning 'Brown' to the Ground

Carol Anderson explains how, in many Southern states, Brown v. Board of Education fueled decades of resistance to school integration.



A Message From Our Director

Teaching Tolerance director Maureen Costello discusses the difficulty of teaching the 2016 election.
Letters to the Editor

You Spoke, We Listened

Looking ahead to the 2016-17 school year—and the election—got many readers thinking and talking!
Ask Learning for Justice

Advice From the Experts

TT answers your tough questions. This time, advice on creating a transgender-inclusive school culture and a successful Mix It Up event.
Why I Teach

The Letters

What keeps Michelle Spathelf in the classroom? Giving truant teenagers—and their families—hope.
Down the Hall

Bridge Builder

Superintendent Heidi Sipe is committed to building the bridges students need to follow their dreams.
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

Be A Good Boy

In 1920, Tennessee lawmaker Harry Burn followed his mother’s advice on a controversial vote—and changed voting rights history.