For the Love of Learning Episode 60
Transgender Empowerment & Education
Monday June 6, 2016 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST
Tuesday June 7, 2016 1:00 am – 3:00 am GMT
In tonight’s episode we’ll talk about Transgender Empowerment & examine the intersection between trans issues and education.
Transgender and gender non-conforming youth face challenges in society at large, at school and within their own families. In addition to the typical challenges faced by all teen students, those who are transgender and/or gender non-conforming must also be ready to survive slurs, bullying, harassment, and assaults by fellow students and even teachers. Instead of creating safe spaces for gender non-conforming and transgender students, often times school administrations enforce policies and practices that can punish gender non-conforming and transgender youth for simply for being who they are. A national survey has found that 75% of transgender youth feel unsafe at school, and those who are able to persevere have significantly lower GPAs, are more likely to miss school out of concern for their safety, and are less likely to plan on continuing their education.
On this show, for the Love of Learning, we’ve been exploring all aspects of education over the last year and a half. One thing we’ve discovered is that there is no common definition of the word “education”. In fact, we have discovered that “education” often refers to the act of learning and learning happens from many different perspectives. Tonight, we will explore education in the formal sense, meaning schools, homeschooling and unschooling options, but we will also approach learning from the inward journey, how we educate ourselves, in this case, the audience and the community at large. I look forward to learning from this panel and providing a platform for the teens on tonight’s panel to, shine light on empowerment through their experiences and learn how we can walk along side them and support their journey.
Hey! my name is Jesse Persons, my pronouns are she/she, and I’m a 16 year old transgender Unschooler. i’ve been unschooled since day one, and it’s one of the most positive influences over my life. i’m also a vegetarian. I like to think i have a lot of varied interests (sewing, cinematography, languages..) and being Unschooled allows me to pursure all of these things! I’ve been out as trans for close to a year, and finding out more about myself and embracing who I am has been another very, very positive experience!
Dave Vyas is a homeschooler who, after fulfilling their high school diploma, became immersed in the unschooling and worldschooling worlds. Dave uses they/them and it/it/itself pronouns in lieu of traditional gendered pronouns, and usage information can be found at pronoun.is/they/them and pronoun.is/it/it.
Dave is a classically trained vocalist with 5+ years of opera and performance experience, and is currently working on writing and recording their own music. Outside of art, Dave is driven by a passion for creating and improving systems and patterns. This passion was honed during the 2015 Adventure Semester with Unschool Adventures, and Dave has been pursuing environmental advocacy ever since. They will be spending the 2016-17 year living off-the-grid on a gap year offered by the High Desert Center for Sustainable Studies.
Advocacy is a skill that Dave often finds themselves slipping into. Over the years, Dave has self-educated on issues around gender, sex education, nonviolent communication, social justice, and environmental justice in order to be an educator and resource in their own communities. They aim to be a facilitator around integrated and intersectional study and communication, no matter where the rest of their life takes them.
As always, you can find out more about your host, Lainie Liberti at her website RaisingMiro.com and the alternative education & world schooling project she runs with her teenage son at: ProjectWorldSchool.com. You can also connect with her on twitter @ilainie & facebook.
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