By Virginia Casper
This article brazenly addresses the categorical academic realities and wishes of gay-headed households. It explores why gayness is percieved as the sort of probability, particularly to the schooling of childrens, whilst it has the aptitude to counterpoint the worldviews of either childrens and adults.
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Our backgrounds include working- and middle-class upbringings, and we have attended a range of public and independent schools. That our experiences are not identical is important because, in the course of collecting and interpreting the diverse stories you will read in this book, our varied lives enabled us to see through the eyes of both parents and educators whose differences were never just sexual orientation. We view our obvious commonalties as well as our clear differences as important strengths in our work together.
Within the field of education there have not been any studies of lesbian-and gay-headed families, but there is a growing tradition of qualitative methods of inquiry about young children and families across socioeconomic backgrounds (Heath, 1983; Lubeck, 1985; Miller, 1982; Rogoff, 1990; Thorne, 1993). Becoming a Parent and Facing the World The experience of becoming a parent is a powerfully evocative time of life, a moment that never really ends, but keeps changing, in its capacity to provide both exhilarating and exhausting moments.
Our overlapping identities reflect the complex times in which we live, as do our attempts to sort through and make meaning of them. When we refer to ourselves or others within a single historical, social, or economic frameas being either gay or Asian American or middle-class or elderly or malewe are dimly aware that one descriptor is always insufficient. In reality, of course, we have multiple aspects to our identities; all of us fit into a multitude of contexts, although we each might assign different weights to our gender, class, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.