Re: Gender Equality

Sheri Ponzi (mishemo@waonline.com)
Wed, 15 Oct 1997 13:04:43 -0400

>>Could you be more specific about your concerns?>>

Sorry it took me so long to get to this. Ny concerns have to do with
differential treatment of boys and girls. There are many studies that
show that in schools boys get more attention, more positive
reinforcement, and more opportunities. I also wondered if the children
tended to group along stereotyped roles adn if the staff were
knowledgeable about these things and might be able to do anything about
it if needed. I'm not completely comfortable with the idea of
interferring though, so I don't know what I would be looking for.

Also traditionally boys end up "taking over" and unconsciously girls end
up in the background and/or deferring to boys. I was wondering how this
might be handled if it did occur. After reading Free At Last and seeing
that most of the examples were of boys my fear was reinforced.
Unfortunately many very good educators are unaware that they do this,
but when someone objectively looks it is nearly always evident.

I am really impressed with the Sudbury model, but am also a strong
feminist and would prefer to find a place that actively works against
these forces.

Peace,
Sheri

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