This site is provided by the Southern Poverty Law Center to offer news, views, and ideas to promote ways to fight hate and promote tolerance. There are useful items that discuss current events and additional links to in-depth information about many of the related topics. Another feature of the site are tests that users can take to determine their own hidden biases. The site also provides activities and information for all age groups including K-12 teachers, parents, teenagers, and children.
The major learning goal is to provide current events and educational activities from across the US that illustrate how to fight hate and promote tolerance. The site is linked to featured news reports and educational activities to encourage social activism across the country in "crossing social boundaries." One recent learning goal of the site promotes youth to "mix it up" in school lunch rooms by sitting at different tables and meeting new classmates.
Target Student Population:
This site is especially useful for K-12 pre-service and in-service teachers, and teacher educators, but it is also vaulable for individuals at all educational levels.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
No prerequisite skills are needed.
Type of Material:
Collection and Reference Material.
This site can be used to help students explore their own biases and to address this biases. The site can also be used to help students explore ways to make our society more tolerant toward diverse groups. The site provides current resources, news, and activities for educators to incorporate into schools across the country to fight hate and promote tolerance. The site could be integrated across the curriculum as well as across stages and ages of learners. In addition, it can be used to help students explore their own biases and to address these biases. The site can also be used to help students explore ways to make society more tolerant of human differences. It offers ways for K-18+ students to increase awareness regarding social activism and encourages proactive ways to fight hate and promote tolerance.
In order to use this site individuals will need a connection to the Internet and a browser.
Evaluation and Observation
The site is continuously updated with current and contemporary news and activities to fight hate and promote tolerance. There are links to top news stories across the country and direct connections to specific educational activities to "do something" about cultural bias and hate in the world. In addition, the site offers virtual field trips to explore places and spaces that promote tolerance and acceptance of human differences. The information presented at the site is extensive and allows individuals to explore a variety of topics that deal with intolerance in our society. The material on the site not only includes informational text but activities and tests to determine one's own hidden biases.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Provides a plethora of links to current events and featured activities across the US to be integrated into K-12 classrooms, college classrooms, and teacher education programs to encourage social activism in fighting hate and promoting tolerance. The site features special ideas and activities to inspire people to take action at a local level to make a difference in the world. Instructors can use this site in a variety of ways. Students can use the articles for discussion or individual exploration. Preservice teachers can use this site to help plan lessons that incorporate issues relating to diversity. University faculty can use this site with students to help them explore their own biases and engage in activities that help them address those biases.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
On this site there are links to many resources and activities. It is maintained regularly and is easy to navigate. Any individual accessing the site can move easily from one topic or activity to another.