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Students Tune in and Speak Out

Grade Level: 
Middle School (6-8)

Tune In and Speak Out: JLS Middle Schoolers Talk About Inclusion and Diversity


In this excerpt of "Not In Our School: Palo Alto, CA", Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School students and teachers use campus TV to coordinate a school-wide screening of the Not In Our Town youth video, and broadcast a school-wide student forum about what young people can do to stand up to intolerance. After the broadcast, students in each classroom participated in a candid, supportive, round table discussion about the effects of intolerance, and what young people can do to make their campus a place where all people are safe and respected. (3:57)   

Discussion Questions:

  1. Do you agree with the statement “silence equals acceptance” in the face of bias or bullying?  Why or why not?
  2. We heard some reasons why it is important to intervene when someone is being bullied. Let’s brainstorm specific things to say or do if you saw someone being bullied?  (If your school has an anti-bullying program in place, this is good opportunity to reinforce that model with the students. Remind students that some responses are more effective than others depending on the specific situation.)
  3. Do you agree with the idea shared in the video that it is human nature to categorize and stereotype other people?  If so, how do we stop ourselves from acting on our stereotypes or biases?
  4. To turn on closed captioning for this film, click play, then click the Subtitles/CC button on the bottom of the video player.

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This video is part of the Not In Our School Video Action Kit, a comprehensive toolkit featuring films, lessons, and resources designed to motivate students to speak out against bullying, and create new ways to make their schools safe for everyone. Learn more about the Video Action Kit.

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