Kristin Gunckel, a professor at the University of Arizona has decided to come out and argue in support of teaching something she called “queer theory” to elementary school children. She proposes teaching, to children, about different genders, sex changes, gay history and science, etc.
With parents across the country outraged, Gunckel insists this is a normal thing that should be included in a curriculum for all children, in order to normalize this process for them.
“Queering science education means exploding binary gender and sexuality constructions, collapsing heteronormativity, and opening spaces within science education for the marginalized identities,” Gunckel states.
She wants to see this implemented in all school to make sure that heterosexuality is no longer the norm.
“Queer theory,” according to Gunckel, examines why heterosexuality is portrayed as the “only normal and natural form” for human beings.
“It challenges categorical thinking and specifically aims to disrupt the hetero/homo binary,” she wrote. “Queer theory examines how the social construction of sexuality is normalized so that heterosexuality is portrayed as the only normal and natural form of being human.”
“Queering science education means exploding binary gender and sexuality constructions, collapsing heteronormativity, and opening spaces within science education for the marginalized identities,” she adds.
Heteronormativity is defined as “denoting or relating to a world view that promotes heterosexuality as the normal or preferred sexual orientation.
In an academic research paper, Gunckel wrote that “school science plays a strong role in silencing queer identities and limiting science knowledge and learning.”
“In elementary school, it means not hiding sexuality from children. At all levels, it means providing space within the curriculum for students to see themselves and their families. Queering science education means making the invisible visible,” Gunckel wrote.