ERIC Number: EJ722037
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Reference Count: 22
Shaping Democratic Identities and Building Citizenship Skills through Student Activism: Mexico's First Gay-Straight Alliance
MacGillivray, Ian K.
Equity & Excellence in Education, v38 n4 p320-330 Nov 2005
In democratic societies schools play a large role in helping students learn the values and skills necessary for adult participation in a free and open society. This article is a case study of a group of students who started a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at a private American school in Mexico City. The students' struggle to form and keep their GSA, in light of opposition from a school board member and conservative parents, is analyzed within a framework of critical pedagogy, the goal of which is the expansion of rights for oppressed groups through activist education. The author was co-advisor to the GSA and offers suggestions for others working with similar student groups. This student-led struggle illustrates lessons about democratic values, navigating bureaucracy, effecting social change, and working with others who have diverging opinions.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Citizenship, Case Studies, Sexual Orientation, Critical Theory, Teaching Methods, Social Change, Democratic Values, Activism, Parent Attitudes, Boards of Education, Homosexuality
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mexico