While some adults still want to hold onto the traditional institution of marriage, children may be more accepting.
Young children are very honest and straightforward. They are also very accepting. When they come across people or situations that do not fit the status quo, they can say things that embarrass adults. But what can we learn from kids about how accepting they are of people. Are your students comfortable talking about gay and lesbian relationships? This video shared by Huffington Post: Kid Meets First Gay Couple may be an interesting way to break the ice.
Here are some ideas to get the conversation started after watching the video:
- Have you ever been embarrassed by a child’s reaction to a person or situation?
- How does this child react to the idea of a gay marriage?
- How are gay and lesbian couples treated in your country? Are they allowed to get legally married?
- In the video, how does the child define a married couple?
- People often say “kids are cruel” to those who look or act “differently” than others. Is this true? If yes, what age does this typically occur. What can parents do to prevent kids from judging people based on their looks, abilities, beliefs and values?
While our Something to Talk About suggestions are useful for getting your students involved in a group or pair discussion or debate, the topics, articles, and videos can also be used if you are looking for something for your students to blog/Skype/or write an opinion essay about.