I'm a supporter of living out loud and being True To Thy Own Self, but announcing to your middle class students that your gay/lesbian is taking it a bit too far, in my opinion. This educator operates from a premise of honesty with her pupils. While encouraging the exact behavior from them.
Stephanie Rowe felt sharing this information (just once) with her seventh graders would be as simple as that, afterwards they'd lay it to rest. Anyone dealing with young teens should have expected curiosity to come into play. Curiosity and questions for days on in.
My concern is the lack of disregard shown for the parents. I respect the fact many wouldn't choose for this as a topic of discussion with their children. And it's their right. Ms. Rowe 's sexual orientation should have remained her personal business. Not because it is something shameful but everyone has different values beliefs and truths about this issue. This wasn't generalized talk about gays and lesbians nor the dreaded word of disdain I feel when I hear the word homosexuality ( hate that word).
Ms. Rowe took it to another level making herself the focus and part of the equation. Teachers do not stand in the middle of the classroom to discuss their heterosexuality and if they're smart do not divulge things about their personal or intimate lives. It opens too many doors which may never get shut.
Apparently many where aware of the teacher's intentions, she emailed her colleagues an informed them of her plans. Read on cause the parents were not happy with this. Oops I made a boo boo should have kept my mouth shut!