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ERIC Number: ED454199
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-10
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Teaching from Truth.
DeJean, Willie
This paper reflects on one high school teacher's experience coming out publicly as a gay man to his students, sharing his initial experiences as a closeted gay teacher working in a public high school, and focusing on the events that led him to come out to his students. The paper highlights the effects that "teaching from fear" had on him personally, looking at how it shaped how he taught and the connections that he had with his students. Finally, the paper examines how self-identification impacted him, his teaching, his students, and his high school campus. The paper explores how a focus on self-reflection and student reflection impacts students and curriculum. Through student narrative and reflections, the paper shows how coming out united his students and his classroom in ways that fear never could. (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Seattle, WA, April 10-14, 2001).