Queering Elementary Education: Advancing the Dialogue about Sexualities and Schooling by William J. LettsQueering Elementary Education: Advancing the Dialogue about Sexualities and Schooling by William J. Letts

Queering Elementary Education: Advancing the Dialogue about Sexualities and Schooling

EditorWilliam J. Letts, James T. SearsContribution byKathy Bickmore

Hardcover | November 3, 1999

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Queering Elementary Education is not about teaching kids to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or straight. It's not part of a sinister stratagem in the "gay agenda." 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.
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.
Title:Queering Elementary Education: Advancing the Dialogue about Sexualities and SchoolingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.26 × 6.12 × 0.93 inPublished:November 3, 1999Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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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/Responding to Gay and Lesbian Parents Chapter 23 Placing Children First: The Importance of Mutual Presence in the Elementary Classroom Part 24 Educators and Their Allies Chapter 25 Activism Within: Working with Tension Chapter 26 Success Sories of a Fat, Biracial/Black, Jewish, Lesbian Assistant Principal Chapter 27 Lesbian Mother and Lesbian Educator: An Integrative View of Affirming Sexual Diversity Chapter 28 When "Queer" and "Teacher" Meet Chapter 29 Confronting Homophobia in a Multicultural Education Course Chapter 30 Afterword Chapter 31 Bibliography of Resources

From Our Editors

This anthology takes a step towards ensuring that schools become safer and more welcoming places for students and staff of all sexual and gender identifications. Queering Elementary Education features works from a wide range of writers, all hailing from different backgrounds. These essays discuss the areas of foundational issues, social and sexual development, curriculum, the family and gay/lesbian educators and their allies. Editors William J. Letts, IV and James T. Sears`s collection also includes scholarly insights, strategies and resources for use in public elementary schools. 

Editorial Reviews

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.