Another Kind of Tangible

Coming Out in Middle School (and before a date has happened)

In this article, the issue of school-readiness in regards to LGBTQ students is raised. There need be no tangible evidence to suggest that students know of their sexuality. Some students know before they’ve gone on a date and struggle with bullying. One student says that his sister still says that for him it’s “just a fad”.

Of the students who told teachers or administrators about the bullying, only 29 percent said it resulted in effective intervention.

In the previous post, I talked about the concerns that too much is put on the schools. Perhaps, more often than not, schools are blamed with a good point. Schools might not be more than ideas and actions (often corresponding), but that’s what life is too. In schools, people can learn a great deal beyond texts. They can learn about themselves.

There’s a lot of potential for “education” of all sorts in schools.

A middle-school counselor in Maine summed up the view of many educators I spoke to when she conceded that her school was “totally unprepared” for openly gay students.

What do ya’ll think?



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One response to “Another Kind of Tangible

  1. schmi355

    A majority of our world is unprepared for openly gay students, but that isn’t going to stop them from being gay in our world. As teachers, I think the most we can do is to be supportive. All students need a support group and for some openly gay students that just might be the hardest thing to find. Students should never have to seek out a support group, but I think the best thing for them in a school of bullies would be some sort of support. They need some peers and some authority figures who are truly and completely supportive of who they are. My high school had a GSA, and it wasn’t the biggest group on campus but I think it did provide them with a sense of support that they otherwise wouldn’t have had.

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