The Importance Of Transgenderism In Education

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From the literature, it is apparent that there is a lack of knowledge on the educators’ part about transgenderism (Case et al., 2009; Flores, 2014; Hellen, 2009). In fact, using the term “transgender” to encompass a variety of subgroups that fall within that category might in fact be part of the problem. By being “inclusive of the identities and experiences of some (or perhaps all) gender-variant, gender- or sex-changing, gender-blending, and gender-bending people,” the term lends itself to painting individuals of differing identities and experiences with a broad brush (Davidson, 2007, p. 60). Thus, in trying to reduce the risks that transgender children face, it seems logical for teachers to start by learning the different terminology and …show more content…
Firstly, had the teachers been more knowledgeable, it would have made them more attuned to the distinctions of identities, affording them the ability to not misuse the terms, enabling them to be sensitive to the child’s preferred terms (Case et al., 2009). And secondly, lacking access to knowledge seems like a petty justification in an age where one can unearth everything about anything on the internet. All these teachers would need to do is, type in these elusive terms in their preferred search engine, spend a couple of minutes, maybe hours surfing some websites, and knowledge would start trickling in. To illustrate this point, in the course of researching for this paper, the author typed in the word “Transgender” into the search engine Google. The second website that came up was isna.org, or The Intersex Society of North America, a comprehensive website on all non-binary forms of gender and sex, including terminology, differences therein, and links to other websites on the …show more content…
Let us assume that there is no need for the educator to champion the transgender cause, that there is no need to be especially supportive of a child who is victimized at every given turn, it in no way absolves the teacher from their responsibility to ensure that, under their watch, no child is harmed. And knowing that the psychological repercussions that bullying has on children, neglecting to protect a child from any form of harassment is

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