We know white supremacy is woven into the fabric of American culture and society. It’s also woven into our education system. In the Spring 2021 issue of Teaching Tolerance magazine, we trace some of the threads of white supremacy through classrooms and schools—and how students, educators and others are working to break those threads.
Read this issue for stories about how white supremacy appears in curricula and policies, even in teacher training programs. Learn how educators and students are working to dismantle it in their communities.
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A Flaw in the Foundation
If we’re serious about dismantling white supremacy in schools, teacher preparation programs are an obvious place to start.
The Fight for Ethnic Studies
Across the country, advocates are working to ensure K-12 students have the opportunity to take ethnic studies courses.
What it Means to Be an Anti-racist Teacher
#DisruptTexts co-founder Lorena Germán talks culturally sustaining pedagogy.
Mathematics in Context: The Pedagogy of Liberation
Social justice education isn’t limited to humanities courses. Two math educators explain how their commitment to equity informs the way they teach.
Black Male Educators Create Space for Joy
Resisting white supremacy doesn’t always look like fighting. Making space for community and celebration is also resistance.
It Was Always About Control
When schools closed due to coronavirus, educators and students made big changes to adapt to distance learning. Too many policies didn’t change at all.
The Classical Roots of White Supremacy
A whitewashed history of the ancient world lays the foundation for white supremacy across the curriculum.
What Educators Can Do in 100 Days
At the start of a new administration, we can all recommit to working for equity in schools. Members of the Teaching Tolerance Advisory Board suggest some ways to get started.
“We Won’t Wear the Name”
At these three high schools, each named for Robert E. Lee, students led the way toward change.