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Overview

Beyond Diversity Day is a handbook for teachers, counselors, administrators, policy makers, parents, and students who want to understand and affirm sexuality differences; promote and protect the well-being of all students; and reduce bigotry, self-hatred, and violence. In question-and-answer format, Arthur Lipkin offers advice on how to nurture positive relationships among glbt educators; and incorporate sound and appropriate glbt-related curricula across disciplines. Written by a veteran high school and university teacher and staff developer, Beyond Diversity Day weaves sound scholarship with vivid real-world examples from classrooms and the media. It offers a compelling blueprint for working with diverse students and for improving schools.
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Editorial Reviews

Educational Studies (USA)
Arthur Lipkin, employing a writing style that is understandable and nonthreatening to the overarching community, creates an extremely readable text that is inviting to multiple levels of readers. By moving beyond the typical boundaries of educationese, Lipkin increases the viability of his audience and avoids the reductionistic view of diversity that is palatable for the current dominant heterosexist majority who control all aspects of society, which, of course, draws into play the public schools. [The author] provides a compelling read that draws on the narratives of people who surround the heterosexual majority constantly, and by naming their issues, he encourages thought processes to begin that leads to accessibility of what, in actuality, is a complex message.

Until a generation of nonhomophobes has a chance to grow and develop, a safe and secure environment for diverse peoples cannot be guaranteed within the supposedly 'public' schools. This is why initiating programs that expand definitions of diversity are so necessary today. Only when one learns not to fear 'the other' does the other become the self. Lipkin names the problem. He also proposes some steps toward working to eradicate the hurt which the GLBT population has incurred. It remains to those who work in universities and schools to find their courageous voices and to speak out so that diversity is something other than just another reason for setting aside a day when people pretend to accept difference while keeping their minds and their hearts firmly shut.

Metapsychology
This is a valuable resource for teachers and school counselors who want to adopt a positive attitude to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, and other sexual minority students. Beyond Diversity Day will be very useful for those who want to help students who are questioning their sexuality or know that they are not heterosexual.
Library Journal
Lipkin (associate editor, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education; Harvard Graduate Sch. of Education) has written a highly informative guide in Q&A format that provides advice to educators on working with sexual-minority youth and improving the learning climate of schools. The chapters are arranged logically to guide the reader from thinking about homophobia to making effective changes in the curriculum. Each chapter includes related and informative quotes from news and academic media that illustrate a point or provide food for thought. Also included are several rich appendixes with information on such topics as safe havens, inclusive tolerance curricula, a checklist of what one teacher can do, and resources for GLBT youth, their families, and gay families and on Gay/Straight Alliances. The book itself is highly readable, while the appendixes and promised index make it a handy reference worth keeping long after reading it cover to cover. Middle-school through college educators, parents, students, and school board members will all find this valuable. Recommended for all libraries and education collections.-Mark Alan Williams, Library of Congress Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Eli H. Newberger
If every teacher, physician, and mental health professional were to read this book, tens of thousands of children would be happier, safer, and better prepared for productive adult life. Arthur Lipkin’s good sense, humane vision, and long experience resonate through every answer to the most important questions about children’s emerging sexualities.
Sue Hyde
At last! A lucidly argued case and clearly written manual to launch the difficult but necessary project of bringing antigay prejudice educational programming into our public schools. This book offers a roadmap to guide educators to a future where schoolhouse and schoolyard bullying are exceptions, not norms, of student behavior. All the hate crimes laws in the world cannot prevent bias violence and harassment of those who exercise the freedom to differ. Prevention requires education and education requires action. Let's get to it!
Nancy Faust Sizer
Homophobia is, these days, the most ingrained American prejudice. Yet the more education a person has, the less likely he or she is to be homophobic. Schools are also places where different people meet and learn about each other. It seems sensible, then, to work on these issues deeply and carefully while still at school. Arthur Lipkin's new book, which presents important questions and informed answers, shows how it can be done.
Metapsychology Online Reviews
This is a valuable resource for teachers and school counselors who want to adopt a positive attitude to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, and other sexual minority students. Beyond Diversity Day will be very useful for those who want to help students who are questioning their sexuality or know that they are not heterosexual.
Educational Studies (Usa)
Arthur Lipkin, employing a writing style that is understandable and nonthreatening to the overarching community, creates an extremely readable text that is inviting to multiple levels of readers. By moving beyond the typical boundaries of educationese, Lipkin increases the viability of his audience and avoids the reductionistic view of diversity that is palatable for the current dominant heterosexist majority who control all aspects of society, which, of course, draws into play the public schools. [The author] provides a compelling read that draws on the narratives of people who surround the heterosexual majority constantly, and by naming their issues, he encourages thought processes to begin that leads to accessibility of what, in actuality, is a complex message.

Until a generation of nonhomophobes has a chance to grow and develop, a safe and secure environment for diverse peoples cannot be guaranteed within the supposedly 'public' schools. This is why initiating programs that expand definitions of diversity are so necessary today. Only when one learns not to fear 'the other' does the other become the self. Lipkin names the problem. He also proposes some steps toward working to eradicate the hurt which the GLBT population has incurred. It remains to those who work in universities and schools to find their courageous voices and to speak out so that diversity is something other than just another reason for setting aside a day when people pretend to accept difference while keeping their minds and their hearts firmly shut.

Teachers College Record
The book is an excellent resource for teachers, counselors, and administrators who want to become better informed about issues related to LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered] students and teachers and who want to discover ways to create effective school reform.
Rethinking Schools
An essential guide for educators and policymakers who want to understand and affirm sexuality differences. Written in a question and answer format, this book includes a masterful presentation of research and practice suggestions for principals, counselors, teachers, and parents.
Counseling Today
School counselors and others interested in making the school environment receptive and nurturing to all kinds of children are likely to find this book useful. Students, teachers, and school personnel, whether gay or straight, are likely to find the book informs and offers hope. Families, especially those with GLBT children, will find a reassuring, knowledgeable voice in Lipkin. Counselor educators could use this book as a secondary text in a diversity course to offer students a blueprint for initiating change into community organizations of all types.
Education Digest
This is a handbook for teachers, counselors, administrators, policymakers, parents, and students who want to understand and affirm sexuality differences; promote and protect all students' well-being; and reduce bigotry, self-hatred, and violence.
Bay Windows
Lipkin’s book is a handy resource that addresses a wide range of LGBT-related education issues—from how to change community attitudes on bringing gay issues into schools to how much information is too much for gay teachers to share with their students—in an easily digested question-and-answer format. Real-world examples of the issues Lipkin raises, culled from classrooms and the mass media, are sprinkled throughout the text.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742520349
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Series: Curriculum, Cultures, and (Homo)Sexualities Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Lipkin, an associate editor of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education, is a former instructor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He directed the Safe Colleges Program of the Massachusetts Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth and taught in the Cambridge Public Schools for twenty years. He is also the author of Understanding Homosexuality, Changing Schools (1999).

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Ch. 1 Homophobia and Heterosexism
Ch. 2 Homosexualities
Ch. 3 Counseling GLBT Students and Their Families
Ch. 4 Gay Teachers and Gay Families
Ch. 5 Effective School Reforms
Ch. 6 Progress and Resistance
Ch. 7 Changing the Curriculum
Appendices
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