Written by Heather Ferguson
Education is a great thing, set up to turn our little darlings into fully formed hulking adults, who are hopefully ready to take on the big bad world by the end of it. The introduction of state education took this further allowing any little darling regardless of their mummy and daddy’s social status to learn, which would in theory bring equality to the education system.
Yet many argue that a proposal for an school specializing in supporting LGBT students to try and combat the higher rates of suicide and depression within this group this week has highlighted state education has failed where is meant to flourish. Unfortunately one does not need to look far to find reasons that one of these schools may be needed as the statistics speak for themselves :
“LGBT youth are four times more likely, and questioning youth are three times more likely, to attempt suicide as their straight peers”
“Nearly half of young transgender people have seriously thought about taking their lives, and one quarter report having made a suicide attempt.”
It seems being heterosexual is still seen as the “default”, something that is not questioned and leaves those who don’t fulfill this more likely to suffer from illnesses that no one deserves to.
School is a place where a child is put there to learn. It is also acts a place where they are put to be nurtured into the young respectful and empathetic adults. Yet this vision is still only a dream, with bullying because of issues that should have extinguished years and years ago still happening today. I’ve seen myself and I think the majority of my peers would say the same.
We are put in the same ugly uniforms each day to make us equal. Yet that doesn’t mean we have the same experiences. This variation being mostly because of how we react to the social experiment that is putting 200+ teenagers in a big building, for five days a week. Don’t get me wrong, education is one of the best opportunities can get . But for those for which this has failed, the cost is all too often the happiness, and sometimes, tragically the lives of those who don’t “fit in” because of a sexual orientation.