I have been like many others aghast at the white supremacist and nazi activity since the last election.. To be truthful, I don’t doubt that it has always been going on, but for many reasons it seems now to some that these kind of thoughts are OK.. I am here to say they are not, and that is not the America that I know and love. We have worked so hard to move forward from our hateful past and I feel as though we are watching a loose string being pulled on a sweater, and we are being pulled back into dark times. Part of how this kind of hate speech continues is that those who are not okay with it, don’t speak up.
However, I think we need to think about our stations in life and how we make a difference in the world. For me, it is by working with teachers, both current and future, and that is where I can have an influence.
One lead me to the other two.. and they have different audiences and perhaps different uses. .
They are From Teaching Tolerance. (which has much more than I am highlighting now)
Responding to Hate and Bias at School – a guide for Teachers and Administrators http://www.tolerance.org/…/Responding%20to%20Hate%20at%20Sc…
I am especially interested in this pocket guide – and the lesson plan that goes with it..
This by far is the best – https://www.tolerance.org/…/…/2017-06/Speak_Up_at_School.pdf Its a PDF booklet with ideas for students and teachers.
So I am left thinking about how I will incorporate them into my teaching – so far here is where I am at:
I want to make these options for some open ended badges on Webinars and classroom readings. I am going to explore the cyberbullying section in more detail (as that matches my curriculum most closely)..
For me, I know there are a lot of people online that are wanting people to speak out on social media about what happened yesterday in Charlottesville, I can’t possibly say it enough that it is not Okay.. but what I can do is incorporate topics into my teaching and help give other teachers tools, resources, PD, and lesson plans to deal with hate that may be in their classrooms. I hope if you are a teacher or know teachers, you might pass it along.
These are my initial thoughts, I appreciate additional ideas and support. One thing that I know is very important to remember, these are scary times, and we need to encourage every one who makes an effort in the right direction. Unfortunately, there is not a clear pathway on many of these things, there may be stumbles along the way, but by sharing resources and support – we can all make a positive difference.