Abstract
In 2012, a provincial bill amended the Ontario Education Act to provide more focused measures to eliminate bullying on the basis of sexual orientation. Bill 13 specifically requires that students be allowed to establish gay-straight alliances, including in the publicly-funded Catholic school system. The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association responded by proposing an alternative policy, called “Respecting Difference,” on the grounds that GSAs run contrary to Catholic teaching. Respect is a complex ethical notion with a long philosophical history. Through an overview of what philosophers from different traditions have said about respect, it becomes apparent that the kind of respect that is due to all persons requires recognition, or a willingness to accept the other as a self-identifying subject who is irreducible to my experience. In its discussion of LGBT students, the OCSTA fails to accord them such recognition, even while it emphasizes the meaning of difference. Consequently, there is reason to conclude that it does not truly respect sexual minority students and that it is not fully committed to eradicating homophobia-based bullying in the Catholic school system. “Respecting Difference” declines to heed best evidence about the factors that actually protect LGBT students from bullying, and uses the guidelines for “Respecting Difference” groups as an opportunity to reinforce its pathologization of LGBT identity itself.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
DOI 10.7202/1071461ar
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 69,177
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

The Metaphysics of Morals.Immanuel Kant - 1797/1996 - Cambridge University Press.
I and Thou.Martin Buber - 1958 - New York: Scribner.
Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals.Immanuel Kant - 1785 - In Elizabeth Schmidt Radcliffe, Richard McCarty, Fritz Allhoff & Anand Vaidya (eds.), Late Modern Philosophy: Essential Readings with Commentary. Blackwell.

View all 18 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Against Respecting Each Others' Differences.Peter Balint - 2013 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 30 (3):254-267.
A Formal Recognition of Social Attachments: Expanding Axel Honneth's Theory of Recognition.Bart van Leeuwen - 2007 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 50 (2):180 – 205.
Recognition, Tolerance, Respect and Empathy.María del Rosario del Collado - 2012 - Analytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxis 32 (2):82-89.
Notes on Contributors_635 146.. 147.Peter A. Balint - 2010 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 42 (1):129-141.
Are Toleration and Respect Compatible?Ian Carter - 2013 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 30 (3):195-208.
Respect for Tradition.Nicholas Rescher - 2004 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 78:1-9.
Respect for Tradition (And the Catholic Philosopher Today).Nicholas Rescher - 2004 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 78:1-9.
Law and Disorder: Ontario Catholic Bishops’ Opposition to Gay-Straight Alliances.Tonya D. Callaghan - 2014 - Paideusis: Journal of the Canadian Philosophy of Education Society 22 (1):28-37.
Kantian Respect and Particular Persons.Robert Noggle - 1999 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 29 (3):449-477.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2020-12-22

Total views
2 ( #1,442,829 of 2,499,613 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #418,166 of 2,499,613 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes