Queering Elementary Education: Advancing the Dialogue about Sexualities and Schooling

Queering Elementary Education: Advancing the Dialogue about Sexualities and Schooling

by William J. Letts IV
     
 

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Queering Elementary Education is not about teaching kids to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or straight. ItOs not part of a sinister stratagem in the Ogay agenda.O Instead, these provocative and thoughtful essays advocate the creation of classrooms that challenge categorical thinking, promote interpersonal intelligence, and foster critical consciousness.See more details below

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Queering Elementary Education is not about teaching kids to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or straight. ItOs not part of a sinister stratagem in the Ogay agenda.O Instead, these provocative and thoughtful essays advocate the creation of classrooms that challenge categorical thinking, promote interpersonal intelligence, and foster critical consciousness.

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Gay Today
Probably no other title in the pantheon of liberationists literature will evoke more controversy than Queering Elementary Education.

Queering Elementary Education is the first carefully constructed work written for educators who are ever on the front lines in the worldwide struggle to eliminate prejudices born of societal ignorance.

This extraordinary book was conceived in the summer of 1997 when its editors envisioned what one of them, William J. Letts, IV called: 'a project that would take into account the lifeworlds of children, their families, their teachers, and their schools.'
— Jack Nichols

Choice
Queering Elementary Education is a must-read for all teachers and, perhaps more importantly, for preservice teachers. It is a smart, clearly written collection of essays exploring the complex interactions of class, race, gender, and sexual orientation. . . . Begins to map out some solutions to the homophobia in American schools.
— M. J. Carbone, Muhlenberg College
Debra Chasnoff
Provides an in-depth examination of the ways children's lives are hurt by homophobia and an inspiring array of strategies educators can use to turn this problem around. A must read for parents, educators, and administrators alike.
Warren J. Blumenfeld
This brilliant anthology is crucial reading for anyone committed to ensuring that our schools become physically and emotionally safer and more educationally relevant for students and staff of all sexual and gender identifications...Destined to become a classic, Queering Elementary Education offers a well-reasoned way out of the pedagogical and curricular restraints that have inhibited true liberatory education in our elementary schools.
Peter McLaren
This courageous collection of essays presents an articulate and passionate challenge to the repressive state apparatuses such as schools that professionally administer homophobia and reproduce state-sponsored heterosexism. Will Letts, Jim Sears and their contributors have provided educators with compelling arguments supporting gay and lesbian perspectives, multiculturalism, and gender and class equality. This volume marks the beginning of the queering of critical pedagogy and is long overdue.
Sandra Harding
These path-breaking essays are addressed to every present and future educator who would model honesty, civility, fairness, and respect for their students, colleagues and communities.... Provides readers with standards for achieving the kind of dignity that is rooted in self-worth and esteem for others and encourages us to imagine societies with more democratic space for all. This collection does all of this, and is also fun to read.
Deborah Epstein
Queering Elementary Education is a ground-breaking book. Here we have, for the first time, a wide-ranging collection of articles on sexuality and elementary (or, in British terms, primary) schooling. Together and individually, the chapters of this book make a compelling case for Queering Elementary Education, to the benefit of all children in all their diversity. With sections on children, the curriculum, educators and families, the book offers a rich resource of teachers, student teachers and teacher educators and for anyone with an interest in sexuality, social justice and schooling.
William F. Pinar
As an educator and gay parent, I found this collection fascinating and inspiring, to be widely read and widely taught.
Glorianne M. Leck
An important new anthology.... The articles in this book are arranged in just such a way that they offer us some very astute 'queer' observations while, almost simultaneously, providing us with very practical suggestions.... An incredible accomplishment.
Kevin Jennings
In this groundbreaking volume grounded to cutting edge scholarship that is plainly written, Will Letts and James Sears have pointed us down the path to a brighter tomorrow. Here they bring together a diverse range of writers who offer both theoretical constructs and practical advice to those who believe our schools should actively foster the values of justice. Queering Elementary Education gives us tools we need to move ahead.
William Ayers
Queering Elementary Education is an important contribution to nourishing the ethical heart of teaching, reminding us how anemic and cold and partial our embrace of our students has too often been. For some readers this collection will be an affirmation, for others a surprise and challenge. But it is a book for all teachers and parents, indeed for anyone concerned with the healthy development of children and schools.

And, yes, it has an agenda: it stands straight and strong for fairness, for respect, for humanity, for simple decency. Jane Addams and the dauntless women of Hull House extended our sense of what childhood might be one hundred years ago. Addams asked: How shall we respond to the dreams of youth? This book is built around the same question, extending it in critical and powerful ways.

Gay Today - Jack Nichols
Probably no other title in the pantheon of liberationists literature will evoke more controversy than Queering Elementary Education.

Queering Elementary Education is the first carefully constructed work written for educators who are ever on the front lines in the worldwide struggle to eliminate prejudices born of societal ignorance.

This extraordinary book was conceived in the summer of 1997 when its editors envisioned what one of them, William J. Letts, IV called: 'a project that would take into account the lifeworlds of children, their families, their teachers, and their schools.'

CHOICE - M. J. Carbone
Queering Elementary Education is a must-read for all teachers and, perhaps more importantly, for preservice teachers. It is a smart, clearly written collection of essays exploring the complex interactions of class, race, gender, and sexual orientation. . . . Begins to map out some solutions to the homophobia in American schools.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461641612
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/27/1999
Series:
Curriculum, Cultures, and (Homo)Sexualities Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
2 MB

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