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Chicago professor wants to help children 'turn out queer

A professor in Chicago wants to train teachers to help their students "turn out queer." (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

A professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago wants to train new teachers to "help kids turn out queer" through art education.

Say what?

Professor Adam Greteman, who is responsible for teaching soon-to-be K-12 art teachers, wrote in the peer-reviewed Journal of Studies in Art Education that educators should be exploring how to help children turn out gay.

"This article explores the possibilities of queer theory in art education, and I playfully, perhaps provocatively, ask how art education can help kids turn out queer," Greteman wrote in the article, titled "Helping Kids Turn Out Queer: Queer Theory in Art Education."

"I contemplate the ways in which art education researchers address queerness and how those forms of address impact the relations that are (im)possible within the educational dynamic," Greteman wrote.

So, what does he want teachers to do to help students turn out "queer?"

According to Campus Reform, Greteman suggested “queer art lessons,” including a “queerer agenda” in class, and engaging in “queer affirmation” strategies to ensure LGBT students don't feel excluded.

By doing this, Greteman hypothesized that the teachers could do their part to work against what he called "heteronormative realities" and could "actually help kids turn out queer."

What else did he say?

Greteman did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheBlaze, but told Campus Reform he has a unique definition for the word "queer."

"I see a working definition of queer as cultivating the ability to look at things in fresh new ways; to be able to see and hold in tension multiple viewpoints about being and living in the complex world," he said.

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