Essay on The Issues Within The Canadian Education System

801 Words Aug 14th, 2015 4 Pages
Throughout history the Canadian education system has been utilized as a means to instil societal values and reproduce cultural norms. Researchers have referred to this phenomenon as the hidden curriculum (Jay, 2003). This hidden curriculum serves to secure the privilege of the dominant culture while subsequently marginalizing minority individuals. Normative discourses of gender and sexuality are promoted to students through the process of socialization. The process of constructing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) individuals as deviating from the heterosexual norm is referred to as heteronormativity. Furthermore, the implication that heterosexual orientations and relationships are normal and superior to those with same-sex attraction is defined as heterosexism (Smith, 2004). Heteronormativity, heterosexism, negative attitudes and prejudice against LGBTQ individuals are prevailing issues within the Canadian education system (Wells, 2011). The reproduction of dominant gender and sexuality discourses and negative attitudes towards LGBTQ individuals within Canadian secondary schools has adverse effects on the experiences of sexual minority and gender variant youth. The adoption of LGBTQ inclusive student groups in secondary schools aims to increase LGBTQ visibility and improve outcomes for sexual minority and gender variant students. The presence of heteronormative and heterosexist discourses in Canadian schools, although pervasive, has gone…

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