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School books; do you feel represented?

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There is a discussion in Germany just now about including gay parents in schoolbooks, assignments, stories, etc. 

 

We live in the UK, and looking through my DS' reading material, I see NOTHING. No single mums, patchwork families and especially not queer families. It's always just the "normal" family being represented and it's BORING and doesn't represent the colourful society we live in now.

 

That has to change! What do you think?

post #2 of 4

I'd love to see a wider variety of families represented in children's books. I'm going to move your post over to the Books forum where it's better hosted. :)

post #3 of 4

I agree with you wholeheartedly!! I live in the U.S., and I do not feel represented in the school books. My sister actually is in college and did a study on this, and during her study she gave schools who agreed to participate books for their classrooms, like "And Tango Makes Three."

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Nah, I think the books my kids read at school are pretty broad in the types of families and family situations they include, but I live in a liberal college (university) town. They don't actually use a lot of standard text books, but do a lot of their work online or as printed out worksheets (esp for math). They also have friends who are pretty diverse in their family structure. There's always room for improvement, certainly, though.

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