Essay about Sexual Orientation And The Curriculum

859 Words Nov 14th, 2016 4 Pages
Have you ever wondered why elementary schools or any schools in general do not include sexual orientation in the curriculum? We do not start to learn about queerness until we are placed in a higher academic environment. Why is that? Is it because they do not think grade school students are mature enough to handle the information? Or is it because they do not want to influence homosexuality as acceptable? I was never taught about the LGBQT community until I started taking communication classes in college. Even when I attended middle school and had to participate in a sex education class, I was never taught about the different sexual orientations that are present in our world today. As a result, I had to learn from my peers what it meant exactly to be lesbian, gay, and bisexual. Just because I thought I knew what these terms were does not mean that I knew entirely what it meant to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or even trans. Why do schools not include sexual orientation in the curriculum? Can you imagine how different our community would be if grade school students were taught about the LGBQT community? In my opinion, discrimination against LGBQT people would possibly minimize. Additionally, it might not just be the school systems that prevent sexual orientation from being taught, but maybe teachers are not prepared well enough to include sexuality in the curriculum. Furthermore, why is school considered to be such an “innocent” place? For example, Allan, Atkinson, Brace,…

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