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Posted on October 19, 2015 12:18 am
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eJeSaX
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Transgender Empathy/Rights
There is a male student at my school who likes to wear nail polish and lipstick. Many of the teachers see this as a class distraction. How can teachers minimize distractions in the class without infringing upon the students' beliefs/feelings/rights?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted October 19, 2015 1:07 am

gegede
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Schools should be a place that welcomes and supports students from all walks of life. When LGBTQ issues are woven into education, more people, especially young people will raise their awareness of gender inequity and likely adopt the perspective that LGBTQ persons are human, they are just as creative, intelligent and responsible citizens just as other non LGBTQ people are. Incorporating LGBTQ issues is just one way schools can improve how they meet the educational needs of all students, families and their respective communities. Furthermore, this should not be a distraction in class. The teacher has to set the tone. It is no different than another student coming to class with a new haircut.
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uNeNuD
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Schools are to provide a positive and safe environment to all students, as evaluated in our TKES and CCRPI scores. It is not our place as teachers to judge. This is a hot topic and makes most people uncomfortable. The looks of a student does not assess the student's learning. I also feel students within the class respond according to how they see the adults respond. With accepting adults, this will not be viewed as a 'distraction' within the class.


  Posted on: October 19, 2015 2:23 am

Nicole McVey
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I agree with this post school should be a positive excepting environment.
  Posted on: October 17, 2016 3:39 am

Kathy Allen
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I agree. Schools should welcome all students and not treat any of them differently because they look different.
  Posted on: February 23, 2018 9:32 pm

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Solution 2
Posted February 26, 2016 10:58 am

punybu
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A school should be a place where students feel safe and comfortable to express themselves. It is important to not draw additional attention to this boy so that his classmates don't see him as a distraction.
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Solution 3
Posted October 10, 2016 12:16 am

yjeNus
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Teachers are to provide a safe and welcoming classroom for all students. Teachers are not to judge or punish a student for being different and should focus on creating this type of environment for their students. A student's right should not be considered a distraction to the other students.
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Solution 4
Posted October 12, 2016 6:22 pm

jaDehy
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The teacher who believes that a male wearing nail polish and lipstick is a distraction is wrong and needs to be educated that it is okay for males to partake it traditional female activities. In order to minimize distractions, they should take some time out of the class to talk about the LGBT world and their rights as human beings, that way if the students come across this in the outside world, they won't be thrown off.
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Solution 5
Posted February 25, 2016 11:44 pm

aNaQev
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Implying that the student should not be wearing makeup or lipstick infringes on their rights to express themselves. If he is of appropriate age and it does not break any school dress code rules, it should not be a problem.
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Solution 6
Posted October 19, 2015 3:00 am

MePyJy
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Empathy is not really the problem, you may not want to not draw that much attention to it. If the teacher doesnt care why should the studnets. Many schools have zones or rules to protect studnet like this and make sure that they are put to good use. If them wearing make-up beomcase a problem either teasing or bullying make sure to point out that they have every right to wear what they want as long as it part of the dress code. If it doesnt break rules it is fine and should not be made fun of.
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Solution 7
Posted July 10, 2017 9:06 pm

uReZyW
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I think you can talk to your class about respect to diversity. Teachers need to be flexible and welcoming. Like someone said in another post, you set the tone for your class and students know that in your class no one is allowed to make fun of others or pick on others. I think this student will also have to learn how to overcome adversity, (kids getting distracted for the way he looks is not going to be the first time) but he needs to get respect from others.
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Solution 8
Posted February 22, 2018 1:47 am

Hannah Poore
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As long as this student is not breaking any dress code rules, he should be allowed to express himself in any way he wants! As the teacher, I would not call any attention to the student's dress and set the tone that it is completely normal. If the teacher is calling attention the student's dress, other students are sure to follow suit. If I heard any other students making fun of this student, I would immediately address the issue.
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Solution 9
Posted March 1, 2016 4:13 am

Beqena
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i would speak with the student and ask if there is another way that they can express themselves without distracting others. If not, I would work around it. Every student deserves to be themselves.
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