advice, teachers, queer, representation, sexual education
Tara: If you were to start all over again with a young family and raising your two girls, what would you like this next generation of teachers to know about serving your family well?
Ernst: Firstly, just to be really great teacher. And to be mindful that these things really just do exist and that people are able to be more who they are supposed to be today and that might not be something that’s necessarily things that you have been brought up with or know. But they are part of our lives and part of our community and they are very healthy.
Michael: And not to be afraid to talk about these things in class and to make that part of the experience of learning. You know, these are so often topics that are sort of like, we don't talk about that. Well, actually, we should talk about sex, we should talk about all those things in a class and that’s to me you know that...I don't know we just don't do that enough I think. So I would tell a teacher not to be afraid.
Michael: Well, I guess I would hopefully want them to teach about the positiveness of queerness. What else that being queer is a good thing, to teach how varied queer experience is, to understand how incredibly complex it is and you know yeah, I guess representation. You just want to be represented no matter where you go, especially if it’s publicly funded.