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ERIC Number: EJ794920
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1477-8785
Should We Teach Homosexuality as a Controversial Issue?
Hand, Michael
Theory and Research in Education, v5 n1 p69-86 2007
Philosophers of education disagree on how the question of the moral status of homosexual acts should be tackled in the classroom. Some argue that the question should be taught as a controversial issue, that we should present rival moral positions as even-handedly as possible; others maintain that we should actively promote the view that homosexual acts are morally legitimate or unproblematic. Here I attempt to resolve this disagreement. In the first part of the article I defend the use of Robert Dearden's epistemic criterion for identifying the questions that should be taught as controversial issues. In the second part I argue that the question of the moral status of homosexual acts does not satisfy this criterion because moral objections to homosexuality are rationally indefensible. I conclude that we ought to affirm the moral legitimacy of homosexual acts in the moral education of children and young people. (Contains 1 note.)
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Language: English
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