Teachers' Guide to WWW.TOLERANCE.ORG

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This site is an absolute cornucopia of riches. It is massively brilliant. The site is a web project of The Southern Poverty Law Center and also receives corporate sponsorship.

There are different sections for teachers, parents, teens and kids. The web site also sends out a free Teaching Tolerance magazine twice a year and there is a monthly electronic newsletter. Both of these journals contain materials and discussions about the active teaching of tolerance - but the web site itself offers an amazing array of riches.

Click on "For Teachers" and this will take you into the Teaching Tolerance area where you can then click on the choices on the left of the screen. If you click "Expand Your Resources" you will find an archive of daily lesson plans. These are indexed by topic as follows: ability issues; conflict resolution; gender; health; immigration/migration; intergenerational; international; race/ethnicity; religious diversity; sexual orientation; social; activism/change; socioeconomic. The plans are indexed from pre-school to the equivalent of our sixth form.

There is also a page called "Hidden Bias" that can take students and teachers into self-evaluation of their own (un)conscious bias. This gives an indication of the sophistication of the activities.

It is impossible to imagine there could be an example of better practice than this web site - but again, we could also develop our own site/materials based upon this exemplar, but adding our own local/national flavour. We hope iRespect.net is a start in this direction. This will become an electronic community of learners and also link, in the future, to the ideas of establishing a Museum of Cultural Diversity and Gloucestershire Positive Tolerance Centre.

Teachers from local schools will be piloting some of the Tolerance.org lessons during the autumn of 2003 and we look forward to the feedback and/or localisation that results from this pilot. If you use any of the tolerance.org lesson plans let us know how you got on.

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