Toronto community members met this past Wednesday to hear a proposal for a gay-centric high school.
Find out what transpired after the jump!
According to CTV, "The idea, proposed by 20-year-old university student Fan Wu, was considered by about 25 people at community meeting on Church Street, the heart of Toronto’s LGBT community. Wu said the proposal would be shelved for a year after lukewarm support from the forum."
Are "gay-centric" high schools the answer?
Gay advocate, Raymond Miller argues that while there are legitimate concerns that need to be addressed, creating an entirely separate school isn't the right solution.
He told CTV, “There needs to be a safe haven for students to go if they do not feel they can complete their education at school, they don’t feel safe enough to do it. But the solution is not to remove kids to a separate school. The education needs to be done within the public school system, starting, frankly, before high school age.”
Fan Wu defended the proposal saying that the proposed school would be open to people from every academic background, as well as every race, religion and sexual orientation. He said the school would focus of diversity and acceptance of all sexual orientations.
Still, Miller contends that the curriculum Wu proposed for the gay-centric school should actually be integrated into the public school system.
Miller says, “It is not just gay kids that need to learn about LGBT people throughout history, and their work. It is also the non-gay students. You are going to have gay classmates, you are going to have friends who have gay parents. This education needs to be done within the public school system. Everybody needs to be enriched by this.”
What do you think, Instincters? Is a separate gay high school a good idea? (The Harvey Milk High School in New York City appears to be thriving.) Or does it do gay youth a disservice by insulating them from the real world?