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?