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IS IT ELEMENTARY? : School Stakeholders Speak on the Issue of Teaching Homosexuality in Public Elementary Schools

IS IT ELEMENTARY? : School Stakeholders Speak on the Issue of Teaching Homosexuality in Public Elementary Schools

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This study investigated on the four school stakeholders’ perception on teaching of homosexuality in public elementary schools in order to foster tolerance and understanding of the homosexuals. The participants included four groups of school stakeholders involved in the issue: administrators, teachers, parents and homosexuals. A comprehensive literature review revealed that homosexual activists, religious groups, and parents continue to react on each other’s stand on whether young children should be exposed to homosexuality-related lessons and materials in the classroom or not. The researcher used qualitative approach, more specifically person triangulation to ensure that well-rounded points of view and diverse perception will be given on the issue. Findings revealed that teaching homosexuality to elementary school students is not the answer to the prevailing biases against homosexual individuals. Parents, teachers and administrators were skeptic of teaching homosexuality to young children. Their skepticism was not due to how they perceive gay and lesbians to be or to how they perceive homosexuals’ lifestyles to be. Instead of teaching homosexuality, they suggested teaching tolerance and respect for all without having to mention a single aspect of diversity which is sexual orientation. Besides, for the participants, elementary school students are too young to handle issues concerning homosexuality. The qualitative nature of the research was also its limitation so it is recommended that future researchers use quantitative approach and utilize systematic random sampling to generate data that can be generalized among the population.
This study investigated on the four school stakeholders’ perception on teaching of homosexuality in public elementary schools in order to foster tolerance and understanding of the homosexuals. The participants included four groups of school stakeholders involved in the issue: administrators, teachers, parents and homosexuals. A comprehensive literature review revealed that homosexual activists, religious groups, and parents continue to react on each other’s stand on whether young children should be exposed to homosexuality-related lessons and materials in the classroom or not. The researcher used qualitative approach, more specifically person triangulation to ensure that well-rounded points of view and diverse perception will be given on the issue. Findings revealed that teaching homosexuality to elementary school students is not the answer to the prevailing biases against homosexual individuals. Parents, teachers and administrators were skeptic of teaching homosexuality to young children. Their skepticism was not due to how they perceive gay and lesbians to be or to how they perceive homosexuals’ lifestyles to be. Instead of teaching homosexuality, they suggested teaching tolerance and respect for all without having to mention a single aspect of diversity which is sexual orientation. Besides, for the participants, elementary school students are too young to handle issues concerning homosexuality. The qualitative nature of the research was also its limitation so it is recommended that future researchers use quantitative approach and utilize systematic random sampling to generate data that can be generalized among the population.

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