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Sexual Orientation and School Policy: A Practical Guide for Teachers, Administrators, and Community Activists


reviewed by Arthur Costigan — 2004

coverTitle: Sexual Orientation and School Policy: A Practical Guide for Teachers, Administrators, and Community Activists
Author(s): Ian K. Macgillivray
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 0742525082 , Pages: 224, Year: 2004
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Since the 1980s there has been ample documentation that the school experience of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered, students is not only miserable, but dangerous. According to the Human Rights Watch (2001), gay youth spend a great deal of time in school simply trying to avoid verbal harassment, slurs, and shoves, if not outright beatings. With little energy to focus on their studies, many gay youth give up and leave school rather than face continued harassment. As bad as is student harassment, administrators and teachers frequently avoid assisting gay youth, and often actually blame them for asking for trouble by being openly gay. There are numerous cases of gay students being punished and taunted by teachers and administrators for not appearing or acting “normal” (Human Rights Watch, 2001). Although there are recent court cases where harassed students have won significant victories, it seems clear that gay, lesbian and transgendered kids continue to suffer verbal and physical abuse in schools. There... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 8, 2004, p. 1547-1550
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11275, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 4:24:48 AM

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  • Arthur Costigan
    Queens College, The City University of New York
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    ARTHUR COSTIGAN is Assistant Professor of Education and Co-Director of English Education programs at Queens College, CUNY. A former teacher in New York City for 13 years, he is interested in the autobiographies and self understandings of new teachers, particularly in how people come to understand themselves as teachers and learn the teaching craft in poor, urban districts. An allied interest is the lives of students and anti-bias education. He is co-author with Margaret Crocco and Karen Zumwalt of a forthcoming book, Learning to Teach in an Age of Accountability, which focuses on the voices of new teachers a they struggle with contemporary issues in education.
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