Queering Elementary Education: Advancing the Dialogue about Sexualities and Schooling

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Queering Elementary Education: Advancing the Dialogue about Sexualities and Schooling

Editor James T. Sears, William J. Letts
Contribution by Kathy Bickmore

October 27, 1999 | Trade Paperback

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Queering Elementary Education is not about teaching kids to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or straight. ItOs not part of a sinister stratagem in the Ogay agenda.O Instead, these provocative and thoughtful essays advocate the creation of classrooms that challenge categorical thinking, promote interpersonal intelligence, and foster critical consciousness. Queer elementary classrooms are those where parents and educators care enough about their children to trust the human capacity for understanding and their educative abilities to foster insight into the human condition. Those who teach queerly refuse to participate in the great sexual sorting machine called schooling where diminutive GI Joes and Barbies become star quarterbacks and prom queens, while the Linuses and Tinky Winkies become wallflowers or human doormats. Queeering education means bracketing our simplest classroom activities in which we routinely equate sexual identities with sexual acts, privilege the heterosexual condition, and presume sexual destinies. Queer teachers are those who develop curriculum and pedagogy that afford every child dignity rooted in self-worth and esteem for others. In short, queering education happens when we look at schooling upside down and view childhood from the inside out. This groundbreaking volume demands we explore taken-for-granted assumptions about diversity, identities, childhood, and prejudice.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.94 × 5.86 × 0.7 in

Published: October 27, 1999

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0847693694

ISBN - 13: 9780847693696

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Queering Elementary Education: Advancing the Dialogue about Sexualities and Schooling

Editor James T. Sears, William J. Letts
Contribution by Kathy Bickmore

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.94 × 5.86 × 0.7 in

Published: October 27, 1999

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0847693694

ISBN - 13: 9780847693696

About the Book

Queering Elementary Education is not about teaching kids to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or straight. ItOs not part of a sinister stratagem in the Ogay agenda.O Instead, these provocative and thoughtful essays advocate the creation of classrooms that challenge categorical thinking, promote interpersonal intelligence, and foster critical consciousness.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Mathew''s Lullaby Part 3 Foundational Issues Chapter 4 Teaching Queerly: Some Elementary Propositions Chapter 5 Why Discuss Sexuality in Elementary School? Chapter 6 Pestalozzi, Perversity, and the Pedagogy of Love Part 7 Children''s Social and Sexual Development Chapter 8 Stonewall in the Housekeeping Area: Gay and Lesbian Issues in the Early Childhood Classroom Chapter 9 Forbidden Fruit: Black Males'' Constructions of Transgressive Sexualities in Middle School Chapter 10 Reading Queer Asian-American Masculinities and Sexualities in Elementary School Chapter 11 "My Moving Days": A Child''s Negotiation of Multiple Lifeworlds in Relation to Gender, Ethnicity and Sexuality Chapter 12 What Happens When Kids Grow Up?: The Long-term Impact of an Openly Gay Teacher on Eight Students'' Lives Part 13 Curriculum Chapter 14 How to Make "Boys" and "Girls" in the Classroom: The Heteronormative Nature of Elementary School Science Chapter 15 Using Music to Teach Against Homophobia Chapter 16 Locating a Place for Gay and Lesbian Themes in Elementary Reading, Writing, and Talking Chapter 17 "It''s OK to be Gay:" Interrupting Straight Thinking in the English Classroom Chapter 18 How Teachers Understand Gay and Lesbian Content in the Elementary Social Studies Curriculum Part 19 Family Chapter 20 Children of the Future Age: Lesbian and Gay Parents Talk about School Chapter 21 Love Makes a Family: Controversy in Two Massachusetts Towns Chapter 22 Supporting Students/
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Queering Elementary Education is not about teaching kids to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or straight. ItOs not part of a sinister stratagem in the Ogay agenda.O Instead, these provocative and thoughtful essays advocate the creation of classrooms that challenge categorical thinking, promote interpersonal intelligence, and foster critical consciousness. Queer elementary classrooms are those where parents and educators care enough about their children to trust the human capacity for understanding and their educative abilities to foster insight into the human condition. Those who teach queerly refuse to participate in the great sexual sorting machine called schooling where diminutive GI Joes and Barbies become star quarterbacks and prom queens, while the Linuses and Tinky Winkies become wallflowers or human doormats. Queeering education means bracketing our simplest classroom activities in which we routinely equate sexual identities with sexual acts, privilege the heterosexual condition, and presume sexual destinies. Queer teachers are those who develop curriculum and pedagogy that afford every child dignity rooted in self-worth and esteem for others. In short, queering education happens when we look at schooling upside down and view childhood from the inside out. This groundbreaking volume demands we explore taken-for-granted assumptions about diversity, identities, childhood, and prejudice.

About the Author

William J. Letts IV is a lecturer in science education at the Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, Australia. James T. Sears is an independent scholar. He is currently a visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Queering Elementary Education is a must-read for all teachers and, perhaps more importantly, for preservice teachers. It is a smart, clearly written collection of essays exploring the complex interactions of class, race, gender, and sexual orientation. . . . Begins to map out some solutions to the homophobia in American schools.
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