From a curriculum guide a cross-dressing Toronto schoolteacher has written to shape the minds and the worldviews of itty-bitty Canadian chirren:
Please believe me when I say that the same can be true for teaching about sexism, homophobia, transphobia, racism, *classism and/or *ableism…. You do not have to be an expert on anything other than the dialogue that is going on inside of your own brain in regards to the material you are presenting.
In other words, all you as a teacher have to know is your own feelings, which, of course, are self-justifying. Narcissism is a virtue. More:
I have therefore organized the lesson plans for each of the early learner, primary, and junior sections of this curriculum into three steps that are intended to mirror the way that self-acceptance facilitates one’s deep belief in the right of any individual to “imagine a world where anyone can safely, and even joyfully, express themselves in the way they’ve always wanted to.”
This is not true. One may not express oneself in a way one always wanted to unless one is expressing oneself in ways that are approved by cultural liberals. Anyone who dissents is not entitled to self-expression. (To be clear, I don’t believe everyone has a right to unfettered self-expression. Neither does this self-styled “trans activist” — though he pretends to.)
My basic approach to planning lessons at each developmental level is as follows;
1) Introduce a core aspect of the issue that kids can begin to relate to from an egocentric view of the world. Help to develop their personal connection to that idea through an individual, arts-based activity
You’re getting this, right? Egocentrism is something that is to be encouraged.
4. Once the demonstration self-portrait of myself is done, I ask the class members to all take a minute, close their eyes, and think carefully about the outfit that they either have or wish they had to best describe their true self… We will save the sharing of these ideas for the next day, just before watching the both/and video and commencing the self-portrait creating.
5. Directly after the idea of “what do you most want to draw yourself wearing” has been suggested into the students’ brains, I read them 10 000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert. This book is about a kid named Bailey who happens to be born in a body that people read as “boy”. She dreams of all of the dresses that she would wear if she could make what she saw in her head…. and if her family would realize that actually –she is a girl on the inside.
Following this reading, there are lots of different directions that the discussion may go, all of which can provide a helpful segway into watching both/and.
That’s just great. I don’t know if this has been adopted by the Toronto public schools, but the standards and curriculum that they do have is breathtakingly radical. Check it out.
(Via Blazingcatfur – sorry I didn’t give credit initially; I was posting too fast).