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ERIC Number: EJ1007019
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1066-2847
Mimi's Moms
Kilman, Carrie
Teaching Tolerance, v52 n43 p50-51 Spr 2013
Before Michelle Hatchell and her partner, Liz, sent their child, Mimi, to school for the first time, the family sat down and created a script. "What can you say," Hatchell prompted, "if someone asks if you have two moms?" They sent Mimi's teacher picture books depicting families with two mothers. And they met with the principal, requesting Mimi be placed in the same classroom as another child with same-sex parents. In a 2012 study titled "Playgrounds and Prejudice," researchers from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network asked a national sample of elementary-grade teachers if they included LGBT examples when teaching about family. Eight of 10 said no. This is alarming news for the 7 million LGBT parents who have children in U.S. schools. Veteran K-3 teacher Erica Eide explains, "If a child doesn't see their family represented, it creates a disconnect and interrupts their learning."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A