“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life”.
I recently posted the second half of my blog post on graduate student mental health the Academic Matters website:
I am just posting a brief entry to share with you a very interesting podcast done on the topic of homophobia in Canadian high schools. This was a graduate student project that I was interviewed for, and I think the final product is quite interesting and well done. The focus is on one student who filed a human rights complaint against his school and used the financial award from that case to start up an diversity education initiative called Jer's Vision.
On Tuesday, I posted the first part of a blog entry on graduate student mental health on the Academic Matters website:
Yesterday, Mr. Delong, a 10th and 12th grade Honors English teacher in Piasa, IL was suspended for assigning an article about homosexuality in the animal kingdom to his students. You can read the full article here. The local paper reporting this story quoted the teacher saying, "I have been suspended, but not without pay," Delong, of Carlinville, said Wednesday.
Psychology & Law: Analysis of USA Supreme Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor @ UC Berkeley University Comment
Analysis of Sonia Sotomayor’s @ Berkeley University Comment:
According to the School Library Journal, Scholastic books is asking Lauren Myracle, the author of the new book "Luv Ya Bunches" to rewrite her story to exclude one of the character's parents because they are gay. The author is willing to clean up some of the "objectionable" language (words like "crap" and "sucks"), but refuses to de-gay the story since it reflects modern families. I'm so proud of Ms.
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For those who have kept up with news from the IAAF World Athletics Championships in recent weeks, about the only story to hit the headlines here in Australia and I'm sure around the world was the controversy surrounding South African 800M runner, Caster Semenya.
The 18 year old South African seemingly appeared from nowhere to obliterate the field in the women's 800M final. On what should have been the greatest moment of her short athletic career, Caster was removed from the track partway through her victory lap by officials 'to avoid further embarassment for the athlete" as the Berlin crowd gave her victory a muted response.
Last week an announcement went out online informing the world of a new school available to GLBTQ youth everywhere: a virtual school "Where you can get a high quality education while receiving comprehensive support from adults and peers." This announcement was greeted by some bloggers with joy, but by many with ambivalence. This has been the reaction anytime there has been a discussion of similar face-to-face schools for queer youth that are currently established in Toronto and NYC. Some arguments against such programs say that they deprive students of important socialization experiences or puts them in a fake supportive bubble that doesn't prepare them for the "real world."
Well, I finally went to see "Bruno" last night because I really just wanted to form my own opinion on the film. I'd read all about the controversies and wanted to decide for myself. I'd also been reading reviews saying it was: hilarious, outrageous, brilliant, uncomfortable, offensive, and unsettling. I have to agree a little bit with everyo
Well, I can't say that I'm surprised that this news item is coming out of the state of Texas. The place where football players are kings and their cheerleading counterparts are crowned queens. Literally.
Goodness - this came out of nowhere! I had no idea such an important case was brewing in quiet old Maine. Here is the news bit from the Bangor Daily News (pronounced - "Bane- gore" NOT "bang 'er")
The short summary is that a 5th grader who identifies as a girl was harassed in the girls washroom (by a boy who followed her in and called her "faggot"), so the school assigned her to the faculty single-user washroom which was at the opposite end of the school from her classroom. The family didn't approve of this solution and filed a complaint with the Maine Human Rights Commission
I am interested in Queer Action Research in Education (QUARE), and critical pedagogy to challenge homophobia, heterosexism and heteronormativity in schools. I would be interested to hear about any similar work group members have been involved in. My recently completed doctoral action research focused on exploring the possibilities and limitations to foster teacher empowerment and promote Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (GLBTQ) educational equity in schools. The dissertation Promoting Educational Equity through Teacher Empowerment: Web-assisted Transformative Action Research as a Counter-Heteronormative Praxis is available at: http://herkules.oulu.fi/isbn9789514290572/index.html?lang=en Tim Bedford (Oulu, Finland)
So Cox communications has released their annual report on cyber-safety. Some of their key findings that they present include:
Wow, Debra Chasnoff has done it again. From the brilliant documentary filmmaker who brought us "It's Elementary" "That's a Family" and "Let's Get Real", she has turned her lens on the issue of gender role expectations and how homophobia impacts how kids grow up and learn to fit into narrow concepts of man/woman and by default gay/straight. I have only viewed excerpts, but based on her previous work and the content of the interviews I just read (http://www.edgenewyork.com/index.phpch=entertainment&sc=movies&sc2=features
I'm excited to be writing about a new program that is partially funded by the Burlington School District that supports a flexible and open exploration of gender diversity in the context of teen lives. It is being run by Outright Vermont, a local social service agency, in conjunction with the local school district. One of the program's organizers explained,
Just a reminder to post links to your blogs on all your external sites and social networks (facebook, myspace, twitter, etc).
It will really help us build the community. And . . .
Also, don't forget to join some of our groups or even create your own group. Just click on "Create Content", and then "Groups". Then invite your community to join you using the "Invite friend" link on your new group page. Let me know if you need any help doing so.
Nothing is ever as it seems. Descriptors about American Idol contestant Adam filled the air: flamboyant, too much, too theatrical, Broadway, too much...comments on makeup and wardrobe choice.