How to Manage, Facilitate, and Teach About Culturally Sensitive Issues 

An Exercise in Radical Tolerance 

  Scene  Response 

  Before the semester starts, you’re ipping through   
  your textbooks to select units that best meet your   
  course objectives. You come across a unit about 
  euthanasia that would be perfect for teaching bias and 
1  perspective. You know, however, that in your super 
diverse classroom a few of the students will be 
adamantly opposed to euthanasia for moral or 
religious reasons. One of the articles agrees with this 
view, but the other does not. 

  You’re having a class discussion about getting ready for   
  school in the mornings. One student says “Only girls 
2  take a long time to get ready because they wear 
makeup and want to look good.” A female student 
shifts in her chair, obviously uncomfortable.  

  In a low-level grammar class, you are teaching   
  pronouns. The example sentence is “The doctor goes 
3  to work.” The image in the text is of a female doctor, so 
you use the pronoun “she”. Several of the male 
students laugh and say “No, he! It’s a Doctor!” 

  You are designing surveys for a class project. One of   
  the students asks why the survey you gave as an 
  example has “prefer not to say” as a choice for gender. 
4  You explain that it is to include those students who do 
not identify as male or female, or who do not feel like 
that label matches them. The student laughs and many 
other students in class giggle along. “We don’t have 
that in my country,” one student says, “In my country a 
man is proud to be a man.” 

Courtney King    ILGBTF, ITA, ICIS Intersection Panel T OL 2017 
How to Manage, Facilitate, and Teach About Culturally Sensitive Issues 

How else can we practice radical tolerance? 







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Courtney King    ILGBTF, ITA, ICIS Intersection Panel T OL 2017