TE 250 midterm paper - LBGT Student 1 LBGT Student Issues...

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LBGT Student 1 LBGT Student Issues in U.S. Public Schools Christina Zinkel TE 250 Professor Tatto
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LBGT Student 2 Abstract My hope is to research what public schools are doing to help meet the needs of LBGT identified students. I will also research how the climate for these students has hopefully changed in the last few years and the techniques used to aid in this transition. Since this type of cultural diversity has just recently become acknowledged and the need for protection of these students somewhat enforced, I feel like this topic will tie in greatly with the course material. Some of the questions I will pose will pertain to hate crimes, teacher opinions, and student success rate. The main goal of this paper will be to show the effects of the more than likely morally destructive system on the students. Objectives The point of this essay is to inform others of what is happening to these students and what must be done to improve the overall situation with regards to these students. Questions Why is it important to improve the school system for LBGT students? What are schools doing wrong with these students? What are teachers doing or not doing to help their students? How are peers affecting the learning environment? What have students done to help each other out? How should this minority be taught about? How much of the population does this minority make up? What else can be done in the future? Thesis The U.S. Public school system in certain areas has made huge strides towards aiding in the academic success of LBGT student but the alienation of students and abuse are still in full swing within many districts. Perspectives Most of the research pertaining to gay students in public schools relates to hate crimes and ill acceptance of the gay community. Articles that come from the perspectives of the extreme right contain justifications for student alienation, while more liberal sources state ways that schools are working to combat the extreme statistics showing the help students need to be as successful. Arguments LBGT students face ridicule every day of their lives. Whether students are verbally or physically abused for being oneself, or simply hearing “that’s so gay” used with negative connotations, they are too worried about living day to day to learn from the educational system they are so repressed within. It is acceptable to think of queer students as almost sub-human because of “choices” so they can be harassed. Hence, being different than other students has become a taboo. Therefore, it is imperative that schools start supporting these students because each student deserves an equal education and feeling unsafe within the U.S. public school system should be addressed with the utmost urgency. Every student should be able to feel comfortable to express their own identity with little restriction.
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Schools need to take a greater interest in their gay students because one-third of these students drop out each year, which probably is the result of their 70% harassment rate. Along with being three times more
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