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Professor Explores How K-12 Education ‘Can Help Kids Turn Out Queer’

Posted on | November 8, 2017 | 4 Comments


This news is unsurprising to anyone who pays attention to academia:

A professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) recently argued in favor of using art education to help “kids turn out queer.”
Adam Greteman, who teaches aspiring K-12 art teachers, published an article in the current edition of the peer-reviewed Journal of Studies in Art Education titled “Helping Kids Turn Out Queer: Queer Theory in Art Education.”
“This article explores the possibilities of queer theory in art education, and I playfully, perhaps provocatively, ask how art education can help kids turn out queer,” he writes, adding that there is a “need” for art educators to “challenge fears around queer topics.”
In his efforts to fight against the “heteronormative realities” of most K-12 schools, Greteman argues that art teachers could impart a “queerer agenda” on students that might “actually help kids turn out queer” [emphasis in original].
Greteman, who identifies as a “queer scholar,” lists a few ways teachers could achieve this, such as implementing “queer art lessons,” embracing a “queerer agenda” in class, and using “queer affirmation” strategies to help gay students feel more included.
He also adds that “the inclusion of LGBTQ artists and the need to include LGBTQ students is at this point a rather straightforward approach” to help queer the curriculum as well. . . .
In 2013, Greteman published an article on how bareback sex should be taught in sex education programs . . .
“My work is influenced by an eclectic array of modes of inquiry, including queer, feminist, and trans theories, pragmatism, Marxism, and post-structural ethics,” Greteman writes in his faculty biography page for the SAIC.

You can read the whole thing.

Let me take the opportunity here to praise the reporter, Toni Airaksinen, as one of the best young conservative journalists I’ve seen in a long time. If you know anything about her background, Toni has a unique perspective. She grew up in grim poverty in Cleveland, her parents are recovering drug addicts, and she was quite nearly the only white student at her inner-city high school. Yet she was an excellent student — indeed, a prodigy — and as a teenager attended classes at Cleveland State, where she got a full-immersion experience in Third Wave feminism, taking Women’s Studies classes. However, when she arrived at elite Barnard College (sister school of Columbia University) amid the “campus rape epidemic” hysteria, Airaksinen underwent a sort road-to-Damascus conversion. She has emerged as one of the fiercest student critics of what I’ve called The Cult of Social Justice in academia, and her reporting on the campus Culture War is as voluminous in quantity as it is excellent in quality. You should definitely follow her on Twitter.