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    Sex and the Teacher

    Should We Come Out in Class?

    Didi Khayatt
    In this article, Didi Khayatt, a tenured faculty member and a lesbian, describes her own struggles with the question of coming out to her students by making a declarative statement, such as "I am a lesbian." She questions whether that is the only way to come out or be out as a teacher. Using stories and anecdotes to highlight the complicated assumptions and issues surrounding any decision regarding the disclosure of such personal information, Khayatt explores the questions arising from the notion of what it means to come out in class, the internal and external pressures on teachers to come out to their students, and the implications, both political and pedagogical, that sexual orientation disclosures invoke. Her very personal and powerful self-evaluation provides a framework in which others who are faced with making these complicated decisions can find their own answer to the question, "Should I come out in class?"

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    Spring 1997 Issue


    A Social Capital Framework for Understanding the Socialization
    Ricardo D. Stanton-Salazar
    Accountability and School Performance
    Implications from Restructuring Schools
    Fred M. Newmann, M. Bruce King, Mark Rigdon
    What's the Use of Theory?
    Gary Thomas
    Cognition, Complexity, and Teacher Education
    Brent Davis, Dennis J. Sumara
    Sex and the Teacher
    Should We Come Out in Class?
    Didi Khayatt

    Book Notes

    Growing Up African American in Catholic Schools
    Edited by Jacqueline Jordan Irvine and Michèle Foster

    The Jobless Future
    By Stanley Aronowitz and William DiFazio

    Learning as a Way of Being
    By Peter B. Vaill

    The Other Angels
    By Patricia L. Walsh

    Reversing Underachievement Among Gifted Black Students
    By Donna Y. Ford

    The Timetables of Women's History
    By Karen Greenspan

    Migrancy, Culture, Identity
    By Iain Chambers

    Pushing Boundaries
    By Olga A. Vasquez, Lucinda Pease-Alvarez, and Sheila M. Shannon

    Focus Group Interviews in Education and Psychology
    By Sharon Vaughn, Jeanne Shay, and Jane Sinagub

    The New Second Generation
    Edited by Alejandro Portes

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