The Exclusion Of Homosexuality In The Classroom

3559 words - 14 pages

Current social attitudes toward the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) community can be seen as a significant contributor to the equity, or lack thereof, of the sexual education syllabus in schools. The range of topics covered in regard to homosexuality varies greatly between and within Australia and the United States of America (Bell, 2008, 2). This variance in service provisions can be attributed to differing social attitudes, specifically those held by parents, teachers, students and policy-makers. These social attitudes directly impact the equity of a schools sexual education program. Further, while social attitudes shape education provision they are also shaped by education. With statistics showing that the more the topic of homosexuality is included in education, the more tolerant individuals become toward the GLBTI community (Stevenson, 1988, 500). Increased education, thus, can be seen to decrease bullying and harassment and increase tolerance, making schools and society safer for GLBTI people.
In this essay I will discuss the impact social attitudes have on the provision of sexual education in schools. I will use the varying social attitudes between and within Australia and America as evidence that as attitudes change towards homosexuality so too does the equity of school curriculums. By examining the opinions of parents, teachers and students, as well as legal and health perspectives, I will show the impact the perspectives of society and individuals has, not only on education provision, but on the GLBTI community itself.
Over 35% of the Australian population aged 14 year and over believe that homosexuality is immoral according to a survey conducted by Roy Morgan Research (Flood and Hamilton, 2005, 1). Homophobic attitudes vary state by state with Queensland and Tasmania ranking the most homophobic and Victoria the least (Flood and Hamilton, 2005, 1). Metropolitan areas, the survey found, are substantially less homophobic than non-metropolitan areas, with the exception of some areas of Sydney (Flood and Hamilton, 2005, 1-2). Homophobia, further, varies with age, religious affiliation and religious service attendance (Flood and Hamilton, 2005, 2).
These Homophobic attitudes are further reflected in reports made by the GLBTI community in Australia in a 2005 survey conducted by La Trobe University. The survey found that 60% of GLBTI people had experienced verbal abuse, 23% had experienced threats of violence or intimidation and 14% had been physically attacked (Tucker, 2011). This harassment often leads to depression and anxiety (Tucker, 2011), however, it is especially worrisome for GLBTI youth who are an estimated six times more likely to attempt suicide then the rest of society (Lee, 2002).
Bullying and harassment is statistically most likely to take place within school with 69% of cases reported in school grounds, followed by 47% of cases taking place in the streets (Tucker, 2011). These figures leave...

Find Another Essay On The Exclusion of Homosexuality in the Classroom

The Punishment of Homosexuality in Germany

1292 words - 5 pages The Punishment of Homosexuality in Germany As the Nazis rose to power, they constructed strict laws regarding male homosexuality for many reasons. The Nazis were primarily concerned with preserving and reproducing people of pure German blood. Consequently, in order to catalyze the purification of the German population, the Nazis sterilized those who were not fit to reproduce and forced those who were fit to procreate. The Nazis

Homosexuality in the Media Essay

1363 words - 5 pages homosexual individuals. Before the project could be carried on, controls needed to be established in order to find patterns that were representative of North America's media depiction of homosexuality. Only series were considered for the experiment; in other words, television specials and movies which do not play on a constant basis were discarded as evidence because not only does the content vary with state and cable service provider, but they

Homosexuality in the Works of Oscar Wilde

3166 words - 13 pages romantic relationship, which ends when the two lose interest in each other. Perhaps this is a parallel between Wilde and Robert Ross' relationship. When Robert Ross stayed with Wilde, he began Wilde's homosexual affair, forcing Wilde to face the homosexual tendencies he so desperately tried to suppress. Therefore, the Giant is symbolic of Ross; the ogre is symbolic of Wilde.   Wilde had been able to pour some of his homosexuality into these

The Aspects Of Homosexuality

957 words - 4 pages Love has an infinite number of shapes and colors, in other words, it differs from one person to another. Throughout the history, it can be viewed that there is a set of types of sexual relations such as homosexuality, bisexuality, heterosexuality, asexualty and so the list goes on. Homosexuality is one of the types of love which is defined as "a marriage in which two people of the same sex live together as a family" (Wikipedia, 2007). The

Impact of the Chinese Exclusion Act

1409 words - 6 pages Impact of the Chinese Exclusion Act “Many Chinese immigrants falsely claimed American citizenship during the exclusion era…I’ve considered this question…ever since I learned that my American last name was different, in spelling and meaning, from my Chinese last name… What’s in a name?” said Karen Lew, a community anchor at the Museum of Chinese in America. She discovered that her ancestors were forced to change their last names during the

Homosexuality in the Locker Room

643 words - 3 pages the 1950s has consistently suggested that success in athletics is crucial for adolescent boy popularity (Zipp, 2010). Unfortunately, pressure from various sectors of this “cultural institution” forces some boys to suppress or hide their sexual orientation because homosexuality “…undercuts, or at least threatens, the ‘fallacy upon which heterosexual masculinity is built’ (Anderson 2005, p. 43)” (Zipp, 2010). Data from a survey of 5,128 7-12th grade

The Chinese Exclusion Act

1517 words - 6 pages phrase that was written into being around 1850. Not thirty years later, however, an entire immigrant group would be barred from entering the country, and that bar would last for sixty-one years. The Chinese Exclusion Act was put into law by President Chester Arthur in 1882 and repealed in 1943. During that period, all Chinese laborers were barred from immigrating to the United States. The Chinese Exclusion Act stagnated the growth of Chinese Culture

The Chinese Exclusion Act

1160 words - 5 pages Chinese immigrants in the U.S. The Geary Act The Geary Act extended the Chinese Exclusion Act by ten years. First act was only for ten years. Because of the Geary Act immigration for the Chinese was restricted for 20 years, not ten. When Chinese immigrants came they would go to court. Some cases even went to the Supreme Court. Chinese Workers During the 1870s, an economic downturn resulted in serious unemployment problems, and led to more

Investigating the Social Exclusion

3942 words - 16 pages Investigating the Social Exclusion This essay provides a context for the discussion of women’s social exclusion in contemporary Britain. It begins with an overview of the way in which social exclusion is defined. By weighing up the relevant literature the essay will then move on to discuss whether women’ social inclusion is possible in modern Britain. In order to do this the essay will begin with a discussion of social

The Effectiveness of Weblogs in the Classroom

2362 words - 9 pages The Effectiveness of Weblogs in the Classroom The internet has proven that it can be a very reasonable and valuable tool for research and communication within the classroom setting. Over the past decade, it has redeveloped the way students retrieve and use information, claims Richardson (2004). Richardson continues that until now it was not very clear if the internet provided students with anything more than a vast tool for

The Ethics of Assessments in the Classroom

1886 words - 8 pages assessment, perhaps helping to mitigate ethical conflict and dilemmas around assessment in the classroom. Report The author of this report is a third year BTchg (Primary) student attending Waikato University. For the purpose of assessment, the author was the facilitator of a discussion group around the ethical dilemmas’ involved with assessment. The group consisted of three other

Similar Essays

The Causes Of Social Exclusion Essay

3111 words - 12 pages The Causes of Social Exclusion Social exclusion refers to inequality in society, where individuals or groups may be cut off in involvement with the wider society. Social exclusion can take a number of forms. An individual or group may be excluded due to their age cohert, gender, race, educational background, neighbourhood, class and more. A class in social terms can be defines as a large scale grouping of people

The Exclusion Of Women's Rights Essay

1598 words - 6 pages The Fifteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, federal and state, from denying citizens the right to vote based on “race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” Nevertheless, this amendment still did not give women the right to vote. Gender equality in current times is an essential part to the modern democratic government. Under international standards, both men and women should have equal opportunities

Homosexuality In The Umc Essay

1168 words - 5 pages doing something) has resulted in a borderlands between both parties and a new understanding in the Methodist Church amongst some people concerning homosexuality. For nearly the entirety of the existence of the Christian faith, many people have declared homosexual acts and relationships to be a sin, even an abomination. Verses such as Leviticus 18:22 (You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination), Leviticus 20:13 (If a man

Homosexuality In The Military Essay

1844 words - 8 pages completely gain the benefits of their heterosexual service member counterparts. The authors recognize that repealing the law was the first step in a long process of “evening the playing field” by ensuring the same rights and benefits are provided to same-sex couples serving in the armed forces today. Common traits in the two articles are that they both target homosexuality in the United States armed forces, specifically the policy that has been