Not according to a critic of a new LGBTQ guidebook for Alberta teachers
From CBC News, written by Andrea Huncar, on Nov 01, 2016
A new toolkit to assist Alberta teachers with LGBTQ discussions is being slammed by critics for suggesting drag shows could be staged in schools and students be addressed as “comrades” rather than boys and girls.
Those are just two of the proposals in a 150-page document from the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA). The “Prism Toolkit for Safe and Caring Discussions” aims to help teachers create classrooms and curriculum that are more LGBTQ inclusive.
The backlash over the toolkit, being distributed in schools this month, is just the latest in a divisive battle over LGBTQ rights for students, pitting advocates against religious and parental groups.
The toolkit document includes four pages of LGBTQ terminology, as well as the history and legal framework surrounding LGBTQ issues and lesson plans for students in Grades 7-12 on a variety of subjects, including math, biology and religion.
While the ATA argues the document, developed internally, will help teachers create a safe and inclusive environment for all students, some critics say it excludes many points of view.
“There is this implicit presumption that everyone already agrees on this very specific singular perspective of gender and sexuality,” said Theresa Ng, a mother, former teacher and parent rights activist who writes a blog called Informed Albertans. “There’s no honouring or valuing of alternative perspectives on this issue.”
‘Comrades’ an alternate for ‘boys’ and ‘girls’
One activity, titled “Drag 101” for cosmetology and drama students, suggests inviting local drag queens to teach makeup techniques and organizing a drag performance for the school.
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