New Book by Professor Addresses Homophobia in the Classroom
Radford University Assistant Professor of Education Joseph Jones is the author of the newly-released "Making Safe Places Unsafe: A Discussion of Homophobia with Teachers." The book was published by Kendall Hunt and is now available in the university bookstore and anywhere books are sold.
In his book, Jones discusses problems associated with homophobia, teacher perceptions of homophobia, changes that need to be made when dealing with homophobic issues in the classroom, and students’ reluctance to speak out on issues that affect their daily lives.
Jones says he wrote the book because “as educators, we know students are hurting and teachers are looking for ways to help. Teachers want to make a difference. They want to create safe places for all students.”
A former middle and high school English teacher, Jones has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in research, education and English. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester’s Warner Graduate School of Education. The majority of his research focuses on diversity and acceptance of all students in the classroom.
Numerous educators and academics around the country, including the Los Angeles Unified School District Human Relations, Diversity and Equity Director Judy Chiasson, have reviewed the book. “Jones’ book gives voice and insight to the challenges that many gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender students face in today’s schools. His book is a call to action for all educators to create safe and affirming schools for our youth,” Chiasson states.
Jones invites readers who would like to discuss current issues in education to follow his blog at www.josephrjones.wordpress.com.