ERIC Number: EJ897408
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Reference Count: 11
Your Art Is Gay and Retarded: Eliminating Discriminating Speech against Homosexual and Intellectually Disabled Students in the Secondary Arts Education Classroom
Payne, Brian M.
Art Education, v63 n5 p52-55 Sep 2010
Issues of gender, race, sexual orientation, and intellectual disability are taboo among teens, as they are consumed with their own struggle for identity and often unable to view the struggles of those around them who may not fit into the social majority in the overwhelming ecosystem of high school peer groups. Some may argue that "gay" and "retarded" are just words, and nothing to take offense to by anyone who is affected personally. However, for someone who is affected by an intellectual disability or viewed as a minority due to their sexual orientation, this perception can be drastically different. Especially, when those affected are in their most fragile years of development. In this article, the author describes how he eliminated discriminating speech against homosexual and intellectually disabled students in his secondary arts education classroom.
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Sexual Orientation, Homosexuality, Social Bias, Disabilities, Racial Bias, Adolescents, Language Usage, Adolescent Development, Art Education, Classroom Techniques, Classroom Environment, Secondary School Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A