Online GLBTQ High School first of it’s kind
For Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning teenagers, regular school may be a place of torture. Many students experience bullying, physical assault and exclusion.
The Minnesota Department of Education has appointed it’s first online learning coordinator. The program’s mission is to provide a safe and welcoming educational environment for gay students and any others wishing to attend. Teachers reportedly get to know their students better than face-to-face contact because they interact more often online or by telephone.
GLBTQ Online will open it’s virtual doors in January, 2010 with courses that meet national criteria and earn an accredited high school diploma. The curriculum will also be gay friendly – without negative messages and will highlight gay historical figures.
Students will interact with instructors through videos, chats, graphics, phone calls and some real-time meetings. They’ll work at their own pace year round. The school has received applications from students across the country and faculty worldwide.