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Peer Review

Fight hate and promote tolerance



Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Mar 12, 2003 by Teacher Education
Overview: 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.

Type of Material: Collection and Reference Material.
Recommended Uses: 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.
Technical Requirements: In order to use this site individuals will need a connection to the Internet and
a browser.
Identify Major Learning Goals: 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
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: No prerequisite skills are needed.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: 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.

Concerns: None.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: 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.

Concerns: None.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: 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.

Concerns: None

Other Issues and Comments: