No Name-Calling Week

No Name-Calling Week Educator Guide

HISTORY OF NO NAME-CALLING WEEK
No Name-Calling Week was inspired by a young adult novel entitled “The Misfits” by popular author, James
Howe. The book tells the story of four best friends trying to survive the seventh grade in the face of all too
frequent taunts based on their weight, height, intelligence, sexual orientation, and gender expression.
Motivated by the inequities they see around them, the “Gang of Five” (as they are known) creates a new
political party during student council elections and run on a platform aimed at wiping out name-calling of
all kinds. The No-Name Party, in the end, wins the support of the school’s principal for their cause and their
idea for a “No Name-Calling Day” at school.
Motivated by this simple, yet powerful idea, the No Name-Calling Week Coalition created by GLSEN and
Simon & Schuster Children’s publishing, consisting of over 40 national partner organizations, organized an
actual No Name-Calling Week in schools across the nation. The project seeks to focus national attention
on the problem of name-calling in schools, and to provide students and educators with the tools and
inspiration to launch an ongoing dialogue about ways to eliminate name-calling in their communities.