This video comes from NYU’s Apr 25, 2008 “Gender, Schooling and New York City” Education Policy Breakfast.
Kevin Jennings answers a question about what sort of policy could be implemented to counteract the “negative impact of stereotypes” against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered students by their teachers. (transcript below)
“It should be impossible to graduate from NYU or any other school of education without coursework - required coursework - that address issues of [LGBT] bias in the classroom and how it might influence your teaching. [It] should be a graduation requirement.
“… you cannot be an effective teacher if you are not aware of how [LGBT] biases can influence how you interact with your students. Pure and simple.”
“There’s some really nice - largly guilty, white, liberal straight people who tend to take the one elective on “bias in schools” we offer, but it should be a required course that every single student has to take before they are allowed to be in a classroom as a teacher near children. Because if they aren’t aware of their [LGBT] biases and how it effects how they are going to interact with kids they are a threat to children.”