Teaching Tolerance

TEACHING TOLERANCE

By Corinna Keefe

I was standing in front of the class, writing on the blackboard. We were playing a word game in our weekly English conversation class. My teenage students were making jokes and calling out ideas. And then one of them said a word that made me freeze.

A horrible, racist, powerful word.

Now a teacher has to be quick on her feet, but I just couldn’t think of what to say. A mob of emotions were fighting it out in my head: anger, disgust, sadness, annoyance, confusion, embarrassment, doubt, nerves . . .

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