Circle of Acceptance

Heather’s Moms Got Married

-Mary Cowhey

Cowhey describes social construction of homosexual parents in society, and young students’ reactions to homosexual situations.  Stereotypically, most people shy away from such topics, but in a classroom striving for social justice it is important to incorporate such topics of concern, especially because some students have homosexual parents and deal with society’s pressures of ‘being different’.  Letting the community, parents, and students be actively engaged with homosexual topics increases the sense of belonging in the school.  The fact that all the students’ families are displayed in the school opens the doors of acceptance and belonging for all aspects of diversity.  As Cowhey discusses family diversity in the classroom, she defines the family as; “the circle of people who love you” (108), which accepts all types of family structures.


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