Filed By Alex Blaze | March 13, 2007 8:01 AM | comments
Filed in: The Movement Tags: open thread, schools
Let's start this Tuesday with a question for everyone:
What responsibilities do schools have to help GLBT youth?
Let's get creative!
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I'm putting in my plug for teaching GLBT history as part of world and US history. I think that would help fight stereotypes and increase gay youths' feelings of self-worth. And it could be easily incorporated considering kids are already learning about GLBT icons like James Baldwin and Alexander the Great, and are already learning "America the Beautiful", which was written by a lesbian.
You could go beyond the study of GLBT history to the arts and literature.
On the administrative side a non-discrimination and zero-tolerance of bullying would be a good thing along with allowing GSA's. Peer pressure is always the most important thing in a teenagers life (was in mine, screwed up my coming out) and GSA's are a welcoming place at that time for the gay or lesbian teen.