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Posted on October 3, 2018 4:59 pm
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reLuWe
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Being a Gay Teacher
Mr. Harris is going to a job interview for a Physics Teacher position. His academic preparation is outstanding and his results as a teacher speak for themselves. He has been married to his husband David for 3 years and is scared his sexual orientation would hinder the process. He is scared to disclaim his sexual orientation during the interview.
What advice would you give Mr. Harris?
 
     
     
 
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Posted October 7, 2018 1:45 pm

Elizabeth Allen
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Mr. Harris' sexual orientation has nothing to do with his success and abilities to teach so that should be of no issue in the interview. It is totally up to him whether he does or does not wish to share that information. However, he should not feel that he has to hide that information from anyone. He has every right to be married to whomever he should choose, and his qualifications are in no way lessened because of that.
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Solution 2
Posted October 7, 2018 10:31 pm

eVeQat
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First of all it is illegal to schools to ask a teacher candidate about their sexual orientation. Secondly, If in fact Mr. Harris is a good teacher his record should speak for himself, and they will call to verify information and if in fact Mr. Harris is a responsible teacher. Lastly if in fact something does happen where he is being discriminated for his sexual orientation get a lawyer.
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Solution 3
Posted October 11, 2018 8:59 pm

uTaGuv
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Dependent on the school, district, and state's policies and laws regarding people of varying sexual orientation, it may be very concerning to disclose that type of information. Especially as the news voices many of the horror stories about people getting fired or not offered a job because of sexual orientation.
I would say that Mr. Harris should not worry about a situation in which that becomes a question to his abilities as a teacher. If, during the interview process, there is any reference or question to sexual orientation, I would recommend respectfully saying, "While I appreciate this opportunity to meet with you, I don't believe that (question) relates to my qualifications."
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