Interrupting Hate

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-11-04
  • Publisher: Teachers College Pr

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This timely and important book focuses on the problems of heterosexism and homophobia in schools and explores how these forms of oppression impact LGBTQQ youth, as well as all young people. The author shows how concerned teachers can engage students in literacy practices both in and out of school to develop positive learning environments. The featured vignettes focus on fostering student agency, promoting student activism, and nurturing student allies. With a unique combination of adolescent literacy and teacher action projects, this book offers a valuable model for educators interested in creating safe learning communities for all students.

Author Biography

Mollie V. Blackburn is an associate professor of literacy education at The Ohio State University. She is the co-editor of Acting Out! Combating Homophobia through Teacher Activism.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
The Problem
The Problem of Homophobia in Schools and What Literacy Has to Do with Itp. 5
The Big Picturep. 6
LGBTQQ Youth Speak Outp. 7
Not Just LGBTQQ Youthp. 9
Impact on LGBTQQ Students' Academic Achievementp. 10
Reading LGBTQ-Themed Texts in Schoolp. 12
In and Out of Schoolsp. 15
Reading and Writing Words and Worldsp. 16
Practitioner Applications: Interrupt Hatep. 17
Lgbtqq Youth as Agents and Activists
Developing Agency in Queer Friendly Contextsp. 23
Literacy Performancesp. 23
Not Schoolp. 25
Rejecting Schoolp. 28
Imagining Schoolp. 32
Mimicking Schoolp. 37
Schoolishness of Literacy Performancesp. 40
Practitioner Applications: Foster Student Agencyp. 41
Preparing for and Asserting Agency in Schoolsp. 43
Individual Actionp. 44
Collective Actionp. 52
Practitioner Applications: Promote Student Activismp. 59
Students and Teachers as Allies
Be(com)ing Student Alliesp. 63
Becoming Allies Through Readingp. 63
Being Alliesp. 67
Being Allies by Always Becoming Alliesp. 74
Having What It Takesp. 78
Practitioner Applications: Nurture Student Alliesp. 82
Be(com)ing Teacher Alliesp. 84
Challenges and Risks of Self-Identificationp. 84
Education Through Discussion, Resources, and Inquiryp. 85
Recognizing and Reacting to Homophobia in Schoolsp. 89
Gay-Straight Alliancesp. 91
Curriculum and Pedagogyp. 93
Policy and Politicsp. 95
Educating Othersp. 97
Allies Among Alliesp. 98
Practitioner Applications: Be(come) an Allyp. 100
Epiloguep. 101
Notesp. 102
Referencesp. 103
Indexp. 110
About the Authorp. 116
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