Open Minds to Equality

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Acknowledgments        viii
Introduction   
 1
Chapter 1: Recognizing Roadblocks to Equality — 7
Racism — 8
Sexism — 10
Examining Your Classroom for Racism and Sexism — 12
Types of Racism and Sexism — 13
Classism — 14
Ageism — 17
Heterosexism — 18
Linguicism — 19
Anti — Semitism and Other Religious Oppression — 21
Ableism — 22
Competitive Individualism — 23

Chapter 2: Teaching for Equality — 26

SECTION A: A Humanistic, Social Justice Approach for Teaching About Equality — 26
1. Humanistic Education: Personal Empowerment and Community Building — 27
2. Social Justice Education: Critical Awareness of Inequality-28
3. Integrating Humanistic and Social Justice Education — 30

SECTION B: The Connections: Our Classrooms, Schools, and the Broader Society — 31
1. Societal Challenges to Equity — 31
2. Teachers, Students, and the Power to Change – 34

Chapter 3: Building Trust and Communication — 37

SECTION A: Getting Acquainted — 39
Name Game — 39
Concentric Circles — 39
People Scavenger Hunt — 40
Commonalities — 41

SECTION B: Developing List ening Skills — 43
I Feel Good About Myself — 43
Listening — Checking — 44
Adjective Attributes — 45

SECTION C: Building Group Process Skills — 47
The Equal School — 47
Gumdrop Inventions — 48
Who's Doing the Talking? — 49

SECTION D: Sharing Feelings and Giving Feedback — 51
Color Me Loveable and Capable — 51
Feeling Messages – 51

Chapter 4: Developing Skills for Creative Cooperation — 58

SECTION A: Learning Cooperative Skills — 59
Brainstorming — 59
The Bean Jar — 61
No Interrupting — 61
Helpful Hints for Helping — 62
Zebulon's Fall — 64

SECTION B: Practicing Interviewing — 66
Intriguing Interviews — 66
"Hello, I'd Like to Know …" — 67

SECTION C: Encouraging Creative Thinking and Problem — Solving — 70
Fantasy Problem — Solving — 70
We All Own the Problem — 71
Role Play Guidelines and Techniques — 72
Community Meetings – 75

Chapter 5: Expanding Our Vistas: Our Lives to Others' Lives — 80
SECTION A: New Perspectives to See the World — 81
It's All in How You Look at Things — 81
What's in the Picture — 82
The Nine Dot Problem — 83

SECTION B: Sharing Who We Are — 84
Who Are We? — 84
We Are Each of Many Traits — 85

SECTION C: Others' Shoes: Others' Views — 86
If I Were … — 86
A Girl on Our Team! — 87
That's What You Brought for Lunch? — 87
Falling Behind   — 89
If Only We Had More Money — 89
Left Out — 91
Seeing — Eye Glasses – 93

Chapter 6: New Words: New Perspectives — 103

SECTION A: Prejudice and Stereotypes — 105
Prejudice and Stereotypes: What Are They? — 105
No Grandmothers Wanted — 107
Renee Ramos — 107
Lizzie Gets Old Clothes — 108
M. and S. Auto Repair — 109
From Feathers to Facts — 110
Don't Judge Me So Fast — 112
Females and Males: How We're "Supposed" to Be? — 113
We All Lose — 116
Analyzing Stereotypes: What's Behind the Labels? — 117

SECTION B: The "Isms" — 120
The "Isms": What Are They? — 120
Me, Myself, and I — 121
Letter from Sally — 122
Who Will Take Care of Jamil? — 123
Health or Home? — 124
Lillie's Dilemma — 126
All Kinds of Bodies and All Kinds of Minds — 127
Separation — 129
Growing Up Jewish in the United States Today — 131
Let's Talk About Talk – 132

Chapter 7: Discrimination: Prices and Choices — 161

SECTION A: Unequal Resources = Unequal Results — 163A Little Praise Goes a Long Way — 163
Values Auction — 165
Blaming the Victim — 166
Assignment: Research Paper — 169
Is "the Same" Always "Fair"? — 171
Equal Opportunity? — 173

SECTION B: Connections to Others — 174
Team Spirit — 174
Pay Day — 175
Ice Cream Sundaes, Apples, or Raisins — 176
Up and Over We Go — 178
Can I Get In? — 180

SECTION C: The Complexities of Oppression — 182
The Filter of Oppression — 182
Believing the Myths? — 185
Put It on Others? — 188
It Takes a Village — 190
Different Kinds of Bias: Different Experiences — 191
Many Voices — 193
A Legacy of Racism — 194

Chapter 8: Investigating Your Environment — 215

SECTION A: Exploring Your Classroom and School — 217
Stop and Look Carefully — 217
Why Are We off School Today? — 218
Our Textbooks: Are They Fair? — 220
Find That Class(ic) Bias — 222
Who's Who in Our School …  223
… And How Do They Feel About It? — 224
Listen Carefully — 224
Me or We — 225

SECTION B: What About Your Home? — 226
But I'd Rather Take Out the Garbage — 226
Presents I've Received — 227
Read Me a Story – 228

Chapter 9: More Environmental Influences and Their Effects — 233

SECTION A: Examine the Media — 234
Black Lies and White Lies — 234
Are They Advertising More Than the Product? — 235
1,023 Hours a Year — 237
Sell, Sell, Sell, Buy, Buy, Buy — 239
Fairness in Reporting? — 240
Listening to the Lyrics — 242
Even with Careful Budgeting — 244

SECTION B: Look at Your Community — 246
Please Buy Me One — 246
A Firefighter, Not a Fireman — 247
Guess What? Our Dentist Is a Woman! — 248
The Message in the Package — 249
On the Horns of a Dilemma — 250

SECTION C: How Has This Affected Me? — 251
More to It Than Just Calculating — 251
Unfinished Adventures — 252
What If It Hurts? — 253
What I Want to Be — 253
Put — Downs — 254
Discrimination: Has It Helped or Hindered Me? – 255

Chapter 10: Things Can Be Different — 270

SECTION A: People Making Changes: From Then to Now — 271
Here's What Some People Did — 271
Sojourner Truth Puppet Show   — 272
Stop! Don't Take It for Granted — 273
Alone and Together — 273
Chicanas Strike at Farah — 275
Affirmative Action: Before and After     — 276
Speaking Out Against Bias in School — 278
Taking a Stand — 279

SECTION B: Creating Alternatives: Envisioning the Future — 282
Job Sharing, or Who's the Cook Tonight? — 282
Inuit — 283
The Children's Place — 284
Yes, You Can Be a Doctor — 285
Youth and Age in Action — 286
A Classroom for All of Us — 288
Using Privilege for Change – 289

Chapter 11: We Can Make Changes — 313

SECTION A: Gaining Confidence and  Skills for Change — 314
Facing Discrimination, Finding Courage — 314
Say It So They'll Hear It — 316
From Fear to Power — 317
You Have to Make Decisions — 319

SECTION B: Making Changes at School — 320
Calendars — 320
Keep Your Rights — 322
Relearning About Native Americans — 324
Making Learning Cooperative — 326
New Words Help Us — 327
A Fair Book Fair — 328

SECTION C: Changing Our Texts and Books — 330
Textbook Alert — 330
Finding Better Books — 331
… And We Wrote Them Ourselves — 332
Change That Class(ic) Bias — 333

SECTION D: Making an Impact on the Media — 334
TV Turnabouts — 334
Let Me Tell You What I Think — 335
Sharing Results — 336
We Can Design Them Ourselves — 337
Using Statistics to Make an Argument — 338

SECTION E: Reaching Out: Friends, Family, and the Community — 339
Won or Fun? — 339
Sharing Privilege: Everybody Gains! — 341
Removing Those Hurdles — 342
New Village – 343

Resource Section — 357

Integrating Open Minds to Equality into Your Curriculum — 357
Reading — 357
Language Arts — 358
Math — 359
Science — 360
Social Studies — 360
Art — 361
Forms of Discrimination Addressed in Lessons — 362

Annotated Bibliography — 366
1. Sources of Materials — 366
2. Teacher Resources for Promoting Equity in Schools — 368
3. Curricula — 371
4. Media — 373
5. Periodicals — 375
6. Background Reading for Teachers — 376
7. Fiction for Young People — 382
8. Nonfiction for Young People — 389
9. Poetry and Legends  — 393
10. Biography — 394
11. Biography Collections for Young People — 397

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