ERIC Number: EJ1025451
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Publication Date: 2013-Oct
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Reason, Liberalism, and Democratic Education: A Deweyan Approach to Teaching about Homosexuality
Petrovic, John E.
Educational Theory, v63 n5 p525-541 Oct 2013
Teaching about homosexuality, especially in a positive light, has long been held to be a controversial issue. There is, however, a view of the capacity for reason that finds that those who deem homosexuality to be controversial will ultimately contradict themselves, becoming unreasonable. By this standard of reason, homosexuality should be treated as "non" controversial in schools. In this essay, John Petrovic argues that this epistemic position is problematic. Instead, he defends a Deweyan epistemology that casts reason as, in part, a set of socially acquired habits of mind. People who have been socialized into heterosexist habits of mind must be exposed to counterhegemonic discourses. One such discourse can be found in the public values of liberal democracy through which the practice of reason must be pursued. Petrovic discusses the practical guidance provided by assuming a view of normative reason versus habituated reason in terms of both pedagogy and curriculum.
Descriptors: Homosexuality, Teaching Methods, Sex Education, Epistemology, Social Attitudes, Social Bias, Democratic Values, Political Attitudes, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
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