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Teaching about homosexuality & homophobia
in North American public schools

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Overview:

Public schools in the U.S. are in a lose-lose situation.

bulletIf they teach the current near consensus shared by therapists, social workers, human sexuality researchers, human rights organizations, liberal students, liberal parents, gays, bisexuals, and lesbians about homosexuality, they will seriously upset social and religious conservative students, parents, and organizations.
bulletIf they teach the current near consensus shared by social and religious conservatives about homosexuality, then they will seriously upset therapists, social workers, human sexuality researchers, human rights organizations, liberal students, liberal parents, gays, bisexuals, and lesbians.
bulletIf they teach both belief systems, then they will probably be attacked by both groups.

Schools face other difficulties in teaching this topic:

bulletThere is a real conflict between the needs of the students and the beliefs of their parents. North America is experiencing an unusually rapid shift in cultural and religious beliefs about homosexuality. Schools need to prepare students for their adult life which may extend into the 2080s and beyond. Meanwhile, many of parents of these same student developed their ideas about homosexuality back in the 1970's when groups like the American Psychiatric Association still considered homosexuality to be a mental illness in need of treatment.
bulletAbove all, teaching about homosexuality involves three very "hot" topics: human sexuality itself, the behavior of sexual minorities, and youth sexuality.

Teachers, school officials and boards of education are not in an enviable position!

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Topics covered in this section:

bulletWhy teaching about homosexuality is so challenging
 
bulletSuggested course topics:
bulletTopics 1 to 3: Definitions of terms. Religiously-based beliefs about homosexuality. Positions held by various faith groups,
 
bulletTopics 4 to 6: Positions of non-theistic ethical groups. Findings of human sexuality researchers. Statements by professional associations.
bulletTopic 7: Public opinion polls
 
bulletA defining court case which may define how not to teach about homosexuality and homophobia (Being written as of 2005-MAR-11)

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Copyright 2005 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally posted: 2005-MAY-08
Latest update: 2005-MAY-09
Author: B.A. Robinson

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