Time really flies.
It’s now nearing the end of the first semester of my third year.
This sem has been really busy that I feel like I have not had much time to breathe.
Finals are coming up soon and I’m still doing assignments. I have yet to start some real, sit-down, proper studying for the exams. Which I guess means that I am as good as dead this time >.<
Oh well, as always, in all things, I try to do the best that I can with what I have (however limited time I have).
So for my SPKG evaluations this sem, I will do what I have time for. It will not be much, but hopefully it is enough 🙂
Anyway, for this post, I want to show you one of the assignments I did for Learner Diversity. Everybody was doing topics on Autistic Children, ADHD Children, Culturally Diverse Children.
I chose a topic I was quite interested in.
Yes, it is sort of a taboo subject in Malaysia. My question is “Why?”
Although yes, the government, the official religion (Islam), the society, the schools — do not recognize sexual minorities like lesbians, gays and bisexuals (LGB), that does not mean that they do not exist do they?
Facing facts, sexual minority individuals do exist in our society, regardless of whether we want to acknowledge the fact or not.
What happens to these individuals, especially LGB youth? They are oppressed to silence, they are discriminated against, they are just not acknowledged.
And what does that do to them?
Studies have shown that these LGB youth are at a higher risk for substance abuse, suicide attempts and drop outs not because they are gay, for example, but because of how they are treated for being gay !
Schools, especially, are supposed to provide our youth, regardless of whether they are the typical adolescent, or a sexual minority individual, with a safe learning environment to realize their highest potential. If we do not address such issues, or if the teachers themselves shy away from the topic and refuse to understand them, then what will happen to our youth?
The article I chose talks about preparing future teachers to address the issue of sexual minority youth through teacher education. I thought it was extremely thought-provoking and triggered me to question the situation of sexual minorities in Malaysia.
Interested? Go ahead and read my journal article review and personal response to it 🙂
Here’s the journal article: LGB Youth
And my essay: Sexual Minorities and Teacher Education.
Enjoy reading ! I hope this will be an eye-opener as it has been for me 🙂