About 4.5% of the United States population identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community. Because there is such a large percentage of people associated or in this great community, it’s important for schools to take the next steps in ensuring the proper training/education for all students. In Elizabeth Meyer’s article “But: I’m Not Gay: What Straight Teachers Need to Know About Queer Theory, Meyer talks about how becomeing deucated on the topic of queer theory can really benefit students apart of the LGBTQ+ community.
In her article, Meyer talks about how a common misconception of queer theory is how many people find think that is a synonym for gay and lesbian studies. This is no the case at all, queer theory actually “Seeks to explode rigid normalizing categories into possibilities that exists beyond the binaries of man/woman, masculine/feminine, student/teacher, and gay/straight”. This is pushing back at what can be the harmful effects of homophobia and heterosexualism. We normally see bullying as a “normal” behavior for adolecents, however, it is our job as a society, and as aspiring teachers, to rethink how we view and assess the topic of bullying when it concerns the members of the LGBTQ+ community, taking into consideration the topics of sex, gender, gender identity and sexual orientation when doing so.
As up and coming teachers need to push the boundaries of what is considered “comfortable” for us. The reason why more teachers don’t step in to stop the bullying behavior going on between these students is because of fear; fear that they will say the wrong thing or fear of being fired. The concept of breaking out of our comfort zone when it comes to this “newer” concept relates back to Janak’s reading about being better citizens and how that can translate back into our classroom as we allow openness as we teach about new topics.
Queer theory is a topic that is a topic that I think is so important to become educated on. Queer theory is the next necessary step that we need to take in order to make the next jump into equal education for all. This process really does start and end with schools. If schools start to challenge and disrupt traditional ways of educating students to question society, they can bring what they learn in class to their lives outside of school, and thus make the world a better, more accepting place.
My group collectively decided to make our presentation interactive by using Pear Deck. As for the slideshow itself I contributed by creating and discussing how queer pedagogy transform schools as well as the concluding ideas of our project.
Meyer, E. (2007). “But I’m Not Gay”: What Straight Teachers Need to Know about Queer Theory. In N. Rodriquez & W. Pinar (Eds.), Queering Straight Teachers: Discourse and Identity in Education. (pp. 15-32). New York, NY: Peter Lang.