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Need of trans-gendering Indian school education
With a new gender added to the hitherto two official genders of male and female, transgender children need to be integrated into education system. But, unfortunately, education system in India is stuck with homophobia and is found wanting even in being female-inclusive.

There is a need to revamp the school education system in our country instead of doing some more patchwork. We need to move from co-educational institutions to ‘trans-educational’ institutions to make them gender-inclusive in the true sense.

Even, a cursory look into the classroom environment and practices in the government schools in our country reveals that it continues to impair learning by female students. It is all the more based upon the idioms and practices of discrimination against and bias against. On the other hand, real education is meant for social transformation, inclusion and heteronormativity.

A school system, firmly grounded on social transformation, inclusion and hetero-normativity, can provide environment and instructional practices rich in diversity for preparing students to live and work in a legally recognized heterogeneous yet harmonious world based on the constitutional norm of social justice. With the emerging new social obligations, schools need to be transformed into small communities of children based on acceptance, sensitivity and inclusion along with heteronormative classroom practices.

Teachers need to be reoriented and trained to understand current LGBT-related policies and provisions to make a shift towards trans-gendering their classroom as an educator Rob Pusch puts it. According to Pusch, the present day teachers need to think beyond conventional gender binaries to learn from the experiences of transgender people and children to change themselves.

There is a need to develop training modules and create pedagogical resources meant to inform teaching practices to get centered on heteronormativity. The current emphasis on Education-for-All and Right to Education Act require school environment, teachers' attitudes and classroom practices for trans-gendering our school education.

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