The social stratifications of high school life are often relatively benign, but they can form the basis for more harmful patterns of thinking. Another teacher and I sought to address this issue through a study of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The conflict in this timeless drama hinges on a deep-seated perception of "us and them."
Students learn the destructive power of unreasonable hatred, and the importance of communication in building understanding
Florence Johnson (Rutherford High School, Panama City, Fla.) and Sally Redfern (Mosley High School, Panama City, Fla.).