Frequently Asked Questions
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We recommend contacting school leaders directly to inquire about what your school is doing to support LGBT or questioning students. Also, GLAD (GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders) is an excellent resource!
History UnErased’s educator resources are grounded in primary and secondary source analysis, which encourages a non-judgemental, contextual approach to analyzing and understanding historical events. A few example access points in the curriculum are the following: American Civil Rights Movement and the explosive growth of Gay Rights and LGBT movement post-Stonewall; the roots of domestic anti-communism during the 1950s to include the Lavender Scare; women’s suffrage and the role of Boston marriages; the influence of Bayard Rustin on the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. and civil rights.
Absolutely! At the early elementary level, students can learn about the diversity of families in the United States. At the same time, they are learning how people of different backgrounds can still hold shared values of politeness, courage, honesty, respect, and reliability. Also at the elementary level, students can learn about women who passed as soldiers and fought in the American Civil War, exploring possible motivations for them to do so, including (but not limited to): economic opportunity (soldiers received a salary three times greater than that of a teacher), remain close to a husband or boyfriend, opportunity to actualize preferred personal expression, and/or patriotism.
There are many ways to create a more inclusive and equitable curriculum that aligns with national education standards, and we understand that educators need methods and strategies that complement their teaching style and context of students.
HUE’s webinars introduce the methods and content for LGBT-inclusive history. JOIN US! Each method follows HUE’s Inquiry EduSystem™, an inquiry model that is designed as a flexible and fluid support for teachers and students.
It is important to convey that the introduction of LGBT-inclusive history is merely expanding the context of what is currently taught in order to ensure all students see reflections of themselves in the curriculum. The use of primary and secondary sources (from the Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution, National Park Service, ONE Archives Foundation at USC Libraries, and other esteemed institutions) assures that the introduction of LGBT-inclusive content is not assigning judgement, but instead is providing students with a more honest exploration of the past to help them better understand today’s world.
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“Treating all students with dignity” is a great introduction to a private conversation with a student who is LGBTQphobic. And, explaining that the presentation of LGBT-inclusive history through primary and secondary sources from esteemed institutions (including the Library of Congress, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution) provides more contextual understanding of our shared historical narrative, which is not assigning judgement, but preparing youth to better understand today’s world.
Teaching LGBT academic topics in school isn’t teaching about sexual intimacy; it is about history and identity. For example, the purging of people labeled as ‘homosexual’ from government jobs occurred at the same time as the Red Scare. The Red Scare is taught in schools across the country, but the Lavender Scare has been ignored. By looking at primary source documents and engaging in historical inquiry, students can expand their understanding of the Red Scare.
Recognizing gender and sexuality as impactful to a person's work allows for deeper comprehension of literature, art, social movements and history.
Beyond that, it is important for all children to see themselves and their families reflected in the curriculum. This is why good teachers work tirelessly to create honest lessons grounded in primary sources, and which reflect the diversity of the United States and the students in their classrooms.
At History UnErased, all of our materials and training are grounded in primary sources and focus on student inquiry.