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ERIC Number: EJ951300
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0009-8655
The Gay Word in a Junior Classroom
Hardie, Ann; Bowers, Warren
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v85 n2 p61-64 2012
Teachers concerned with issues of social justice are sometimes confronted by classroom incidents that compel them to take action. This article draws on an incident in a primary school setting where deprecating language, used toward a child of lesbian parents, challenged the teacher to confront the issue of homophobic language. The teacher worked in consultation with the school community to provide a real-life learning opportunity about diverse family structures. Written in a narrative style, the teacher's voice is used to articulate the incident and the dilemmas he confronted. To explore the issues, this article shows that "difference" in an educational setting can be both positive and problematic; educators can challenge the unjust use of homophobic language; and the need for visible gay role models extends not only to students but also to gay educators.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A