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A question for the history, sociology, and civics teachers. Do you cover LGBTQ+ history especially when you reach the civil rights era? Would you be interested in or willing to talk with a GSA or LGBTQ+ group advisor? I'm interested in reorganizing the educational part of our school's GSA and would definitely be interested in relevant feedback. In advance of explicitly providing an opinion, I am not interested in being told that it's inappropriate or divisive to teach about this topic.

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I think it is a good idea. The issue in general with teaching history is that the content keeps growing but the amount of time allocated for teaching it remains the same. I don't know any history teacher who feels that they have had time covering even the minimum "basics" in the content. I think a lot of people WANT to do more but just don't feel capable of doing enough currently.

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I love teaching history and teaching it in a meaningful way. There is so much to teach the kids and there is just no way to get it all in... it kills me.

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This is my first year teaching Sociology. I have a BA in it and absolutely love teaching it. I don't have a problem addressing any relevant topics and work very hard at having open discussions that allow students to honestly express their opinions. I push students to do their research on any topic that we are exploring so they learn how to gather information from all over the world. I am constantly reminding them to be aware of unsubstantiated talk. I refuse to lead them in any one direction. I will provide various resources on topics so they can be informed of different angles to explore. I don't believe there is one side to any story... If you weren't there to experience it first hand, then you are only learning what others want you to know. I am aware of the challenges this statement creates for people who believe in their own agenda only, but I am committed to leading kids to be thinking adult leaders, problem solvers, and empowered individuals. I do not encourage conspiracy theories, but I do not censor content (except for material that is inappropriate for the age or is outside district guidelines). Citing information sources is expected and willingness to listen to opposing content is required. History is constantly evolving, and so are the societies and people in them. It is vital that generations know how to handle change and learn how to listen and work with others to solve problems without judgement. There is no reason why we can't listen to each other and share ideas without becoming enemies. I am tired of the "I'm right and you're wrong" mentality. I believe in the UNITED States.

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There is nothing inappropriate except for the way the lgbtq+ community has been treated throughout history. THAT is inappropriate.

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This topic does not apply to me, but I LOVE your attitude!!❤️

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I don't address LGBTQ+ history separately, but I incorporate it into my History classes where appropriate. We also discuss it in Poli Sci when we are covering topics like Civil Rights/Liberties and the role of Social Movements that have affected our Government/Politics.

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That's awesome! I wish I had teachers like that in school. It's impressive that you're able to cover that, all I ever remember is pilgrims and early colonialism.

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Seems like there were a lot more comments last night, lol.

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Any more I don't even try to respond to people trying to pick fights and stir the pot, unless I'm trying to correct misinformation. Generally, I just report the trolling and move on.

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I am a math teacher so not all of your acronyms make sense to me. I do apologize but can you tell us what "GSA" is? I mean I would not be teaching these things but in an effort to keep current with the continually changing alphabet terms used to describe people it would be nice to know. And NO that is not a slam against your intentions with asking.

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That's a great take to have with wanting folks to be happy! I think a lot of the terms for identity come from finding one's place within a system that may have made one feel othered. So much of our social framework comes from the idea of the heterosexual couple. Sometimes just finding that place of belonging can be super empowering. Another aspect of that would be how one identifies from a gender and/or sexuality perspective. For instance, not every trans person is gay. That's my take on why so many people feel the need to use those defining words anyway.

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I simply teach biological facts. I do find it interesting how many times students bring up these lifestyles, etc. They find the simple truth very refreshing and have no problems with it.

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Gender is not the same as sex. Soooooo there’s that.

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Hey Wisconsin. When you laugh at peoples serious responses it makes you look hateful and ignorant. The fact you think it’s funny I said how horrible the lgbtq+ community has been treated throughout history? That’s funny to you? Really?! You’re a foul person and human. Why don’t you look up Matthew Shepard and then tell me I’m funny.

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If teaching the history is your actual goal instead of making a political statement, then march on. If you are including it to advance an agenda, it IS inappropriate and divisive.

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That is not a separate history.

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