Saturday, October 17, 2009

Conservative paper criticizes Obama's safe schools czar on glbt education


The Washington Times has an unkind, ungentle editorial Friday on our schools, “More dangerous ideas from Obama’s ‘safe schools’ czar”, link here.

The editorial discusses Kevin Jennings, author of a 1998 book “Queering Elementary Education: Advancing the Dialogue about Sexualities and Schooling (Curriculum, Cultures, and (Homo)Sexualities,” published by Rowman and Littlefield.

I had a contribution on this topic in high schools published in Greenhaven’s “Opposing Viewpoints” series, link here. http://billsbookreviews.blogspot.com/2006/09/opposing-viewpoints-series.html

To me, grade school sounds a bit early for a social agenda like this. But I think high school students can be taught the “existential” problems with the “family values” debate in social studies courses. Some high schools offer sociology as a social studies elective, and that sounds like an appropriate place.

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