Conversations in Equity and Social Justice: Constructing Safe Schools for Queer Youth

Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2011

28 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2011

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Donn Short

University of Manitoba - Faculty of Law

Date Written: September 22, 2011

Abstract

The paper is a critique of discourse focused on at-risk behaviour and homophobic bullying. The paper argues that conversations around homophobic bullying must include discussions of doing equity and achieving social justice, in which the ultimate goal of constructing safe schools is achieved through the utter transformation of school culture. Failure to do anything less continues to license homophobia and makes predictable and inevitable violence against queer youth. This study employed a series of interviews with sexual minority students and teachers combined with observations in the field, documenting and critically inquiring into the effectiveness of anti-harassment policies and safe school legislation to address the problem of bullying of sexual minority students in Canadian high schools. The study concludes that the effectiveness of legislation and polices, as well as the larger goal of doing equity and achieving social justice in schools, is impacted by how a school conceptualizes and implements.

Keywords: gay rights, queer rights, safe schools, bullying

JEL Classification: K19

Suggested Citation

Short, Donn, Conversations in Equity and Social Justice: Constructing Safe Schools for Queer Youth (September 22, 2011). Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1932529

Donn Short (Contact Author)

University of Manitoba - Faculty of Law ( email )

Winnipeg R3T 5V4, Manitoba
Canada

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