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Inspiration for students.

Jan 24, 2013 11:50pm

I am a college student who is majoring in music education. I'm still in the early stages of my education but I was wondering about your thoughts on an issue.
I always want to be a role model to my future students and would love for them to see a gay man being successful and not ashamed of who they are as a human being. My question to you is how to approach this without being overly preachy or sounding like I have an agenda. I want students to feel like they can be themselves in my classroom but I don't want to be so forward about it because it is my personal life. I was hoping I could get some feedback about how to approach this issue because it is a little touchy with parents and some students.

  • Arts / English Language Arts / Foreign Language / Math / Physical Education / Science / Social Studies / Technology
  • 9-12
  • New Teachers


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    • Oct 1, 2013 8:37am

      I'm a whitish, heterosexual, veteran. The extent to which I can go in supporting freedoms & respect of minorities, while diminishing baseless discrimination & hateful practices, is greater than those in the categories I defend.

      Many teachers have a 'Scarlet Letter' they must keep close, to one degree or another. You don't have to hide, but be a reserved fashion of yourself. Students will 'skip your track' if they feel it's a rehearsed performance, but they'll listen & learn if it's real & meaningful. It's a coined phrase, but true, " they don't care what you know, until they know that you care."

      Don't be a gay & inspiring teacher, be an inspirational teacher that happens to be gay. Sexual orientation should be a footnote, not a title.

      There is hate & hope in every school. Don't paint a target on your chest for the haters to take aim; allow those filled with hope to guard your flanks.

      • Jan 25, 2013 3:21am

        Being an educator is an awesome privy. Kids tend to emulate their role models they admire. Can you be a professional educator and focus on the schools curriculum instead of flaunting your sexuality to them? That's very personal. If they ask you of course you are proud of who you are. But the kids are there to receive an education based on certain guidelines. I hope you are successful on your journey and if your class notices or finds out your lifestyle they will admire you, for who you are to them. Good luck!

        • Apr 21, 2014 7:19am

          stay with music major but don't become a teacher

          • Dec 2, 2014 5:21pm

            I agree with Eric and Katie.
            I am sure you will become a wonderfully inspirational teacher, and I agree you should be proud of all that you happen to be, but there is more to be lost than gained right now in wearing your sexual identity as a badge. Perhaps in a few more years the world will have progressed to where you can openly discuss your sexuality in the classroom, but for now, there may be more lost as result. Just go on to be a great teacher, w/o mention of your sexuality. Good luck to you!