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ERIC Number: EJ1231536
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0148-432X
Assessing--and Interrupting--Intolerance at School
Costello, Maureen; Dillard, Coshandra
American Educator, v43 n3 p4-7, 40 Fall 2019
In a recent report, "Hate at School," from which this article is excerpted, the authors identified 821 school-based incidents that were reported in the media in 2018. By comparison, the K-12 educators who responded to a new questionnaire reported 3,265 such incidents in the fall of 2018 alone. Findings included the following: (1) More than two-thirds of the 2,776 educators who responded to the questionnaire witnessed a hate or bias incident in their school during the fall of 2018; (2) Fewer than 5 percent of the incidents witnessed by educators were reported in the news media; (3) Racism appears to be the motivation behind most hate and bias incidents in school, accounting for 63 percent of incidents reported in the news and 33 percent of incidents reported by teachers; (4) Of the incidents reported by educators, those involving racism and anti-Semitism were the most likely to be reported in the news media; anti-Latinx and anti-LGBTQ incidents were the least likely; and (5) Most of the hate and bias incidents witnessed by educators were not addressed by school leaders. No one was disciplined in 57 percent of them. Nine times out of 10, administrators failed to denounce the bias or reaffirm school values. This article provides suggestions for specific steps every American can take to turn things around and make our schools and communities safe and more accepting and to reject hatred and division.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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