A Radical Rethinking of Sexuality and Schooling: Status Quo Or Status Queer?

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2005 - Education - 169 pages
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A Radical Rethinking of Sexuality and Schooling: Status Quo or Status Queer? offers a startling and original critique of unexamined assumptions and liberal notions about sexuality and education in the United States. Professor and long-time community activist Eric Rofes argues that liberal approaches to gay issues and public schooling are inherently doomed to fail and that a radical approach is needed that addresses core issues of power in education in a meaningful way. Tackling issues ranging from anti-gay harassment in school to children's literature on gay themes, gender performances of teachers to HIV education, graduate school programs in education to gay men's sexual cultures, Rofes presents a compelling argument for the creation of a second generation of activism focused on queers, schools, and education, one that truly empowers young people and educators and one that has the potential to truly transform power relations in our nation.

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Eric Rofes was one of the first openly gay schoolteachers in the United States and founded one of the first programs for queer youth in Boston in the 1970s. He currently is Associate Professor of Education at Humboldt State University on the coast of Northern California where he teaches a course on queer issues in schools and leads a program that credentials elementary school teachers. A long time gay community activist, he has served as founding chair of the Boston Lesbian & Gay Political Alliance, executive director of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Community Services Center, and director of Shanti Project, San Francisco's pioneering AIDS service group. He has published twelve books including Socrates, Plato & Guys Like Me: Confessions of a Gay Schoolteacher and, with coeditors Mary Louise Rasmussen and Susan Talburt, Youth and Sexualities: Pleasure, Subversion, and Insubordination In and Out of Schools. He lives in San Francisco and Arcata, California.

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