Educate Yourself: What Talking To Kids About Gay Issues Looks Like (Videos)

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Last week, I wrote about my very positive experiences talking to high school students about gay issues as a music educator. Today, in the Prop 8 trial, we saw the defense continue its attempts to suggest that children need to be “protected” from these discussions, suggesting gay marriage might be “forced” upon young people over the moral objections of their parents, an example of the “Children” meme.

I want to take this opportunity and share a valuable resource with all of you, a video from 1996 called It’s Elementary. This documentary is already 13 years old, but little has changed in the controversy it addresses. In it, students of all ages have conversations about gays and lesbians in a classroom environment with extremely positive results.

Now, some opponents would say that it’s bad that they have good conversations, because it’s furthering “the homosexual agenda” or some nonsense like that. They might not be swayed, but that doesn’t mean that you, whoever is viewing this blog, have to go uninformed.

Below are a series of videos from It’s Elementary. The first two are trailers from It’s Elementary and its 2007 follow-up It’s Still Elementary. After that are a four-part series of videos from an educator training video which is essentially an abridged version of the original film that happen to be available on YouTube. If you’re short on time, just watch the first two (each is 3-4 minutes). If you’re willing to really learn what’s going on and see in-depth what these conversations look like, take 40 minutes and watch the training video in its four parts.

While these are great for teachers, I think they can open everybody’s eyes about how simple it is for children to understand these ideas without talking about sex. More importantly, they show how simple education and awareness can do much to reduce discrimination and intolerance for the LGBT community. Enjoy!

» The original It’s Elementary trailer:

» A look at It’s Still Elementary, which discusses what happened when It’s Elementary came out and follows up with students ten years later:

» The following videos are essentially an abridged version of It’s Elementary:

Please share these videos with as many people as possible! We need to educate the masses about educating the masses!

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