What teachers need to do for their sexual minority college students

For over thirty years of tertiary education, I've heard from many infinite students about their university-level experience. For some it was a happy time; For others, the season was considered. Of course, my students managed to be successful enough in high school to access highly specialized private universities. I wonder for those who did not participate in their experience.

For some gay and lesbian students, at home is not an environment that contributes to academic emphases. For example, we know that about a third of such students are physically abused by family members (parents and / or siblings) because of their sexual orientation. We know that some of these students (and some who have not been physically abused) must actually go home with their family. Some people go in to support friends, while others are homeless.

It's not much we, as teachers, can do to change family activity, although it might be worth doing. What we need to do, however, is to work to improve the chances of academic achievement for all our students. This can be particularly difficult in the case of non-direct students.

While there are many things we can do to assist our gay students to succeed, here are some things that can make a difference soon:

  • Use examples that are included. Instead of talking about future students and wives of students, talk about life partners.
  • Do not say: "Boys, if a girl is surprising …" Replace instead: "Boys, if any …"
  • If you see (or even just hear about ) A student who is harassment or bullying, not just discipline the enemy. You should also invite the victim to a private conversation later. It is possible that you are the only adult who listens to the problems that the student faces.
  • Be known as a teacher for what students can talk about, so you can channel some energy to learn.

You can do this regardless of your personal opinions towards minority groups of sexual orientation. Your job is to educate all your students and the key to success in that quest is an educational environment. When you look in front of your students in the next class, the chances are very high that not all of them are homosexual. While you can not consider their sexual orientation regarding their education, these minor students definitely believe that it is, whether they tell you or not.

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