The reading for Monday focuses on issues surrounding lesbian gay, bisexual and transgender kids in schools. Over the past year there have been many public instances of bullying LGBT students; just last fall there were FIVE SUICIDES (that we know of) in one week of LGBT students who were bullied and harassed in their schools. This reminds me that no matter what your politics are, no matter what your religious background is, no matter what your personal opinions are, teachers MUST WORK HARDER to make schools safe spaces for all students. The Meyer article you are reading for this week (sent over email) raises questions about why teachers fail to intervene on behalf of LGBT students and how we can be getter at this kind of advocacy work.
The most extensive collection of educational resources for teachers is the Gay Lesbian Straight Educators Network. GLSEN is full of statistics, information, lesson plans, activities, and other resources for educators. Talk a look at everything that is available for you.
And you may have seen this video from Ellen Degeneres that has been widely floated around Facebook. It is worth watching and sharing.
Further, there is a powerful campaign on youtube right now, started by blogger Dan Savage, called the itgetsbetterproject. Check it out.
We will talk much more about all of this in class.. see you Monday!