In EDUC 407 – Diversity in Learning, we have been discussing how to make our classrooms a safe and caring place for LGBT youth. I was interested in exploring how we should address the topic of heterosexism and homophobia in elementary school. Until now, I had always assumed that this was an issue left mainly for junior or senior high teachers to tackle; however, exploring the issue in class and listening to a number of guest speakers talk on the issue, I now believe that all teachers should be comfortable discussing this issue in school.
Attached is a paper that I wrote for EDUC 407 that explores this issue further.
I also found a few good resources geared towards elementary school students that you might find useful:
- Challenging Homophobia and Heterosexism – A K-12 Curriculum Resource Guide, (2011). Toronto School Board.
- The Heart of the Matter – Character and Citizenship Education in Alberta Schools, (2005). Alberta Education.
- Diversity Toolkit – created by my professor, Dr. Darren Lund.