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By Jill Blackmore

Answering again exposes the volatility of gender reform in lots of various colleges and school rooms. It tells tales in pack up and from less than, permitting every person to speak: frightened boys, naughty ladies, cantankerous academics, pontificating principals and feisty feminists. This ebook demanding situations many sacred principles approximately gender reform in colleges and may shock and unsettle lecturers and researchers. It attracts on a deep wisdom of gender concerns in colleges and of feminist theories, rules and practices. it's compelling and provocative studying on the cutting edge.

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So I think you’ve got to push the changes you want but also try to raise the understanding levels at the same time. Girls are generally supportive of the Girls in Physical Activity Programme and are appreciative of its purposes. Thalia, in Year 10, says: It’s good in this school because the pressures of being a girl and the pressures from boys of being girls has reduced in a lot of ways. Things like not having to wear skirts to school gives you more opportunities to be active, like choosing to do things you wouldn’t normally feel comfortable doing.

In Year 8, right from the beginning, it has been compulsory for boys and girls both to do home economics and industrial arts. [Steve, manual arts teacher] Ten years ago I put the boys in blue and the girls in red in my marks book. These days I don’t tend to do that. They are just a group of students. All have the same chance. [Tom, mathematics teacher] There’s been the guide to textbooks to check that everything is non-sexist and I think that’s worthwhile. [Jessica, mathematics teacher] We are now fairly aware of things like setting exams—so when asking a question we would normally use ‘he’, but now we try not to use that—we would use ‘she/he’.

And Rebecca says: Because of my English teacher, I understand gender heaps well now. 26 ANSWERING BACK Getting rid of some of the distractions Single-sex was in vogue. It did seem like quite a credible experiment. People could see the problems with silly girls making out with silly boys. [Brace, Head of Social Studies Department] Single-sex classes were the flavour of the month in Western Australia in 1993 after the Minister for Education attended a breakfast at which Dale Spender spoke. The Minister immediately announced to the press an ‘initiative’ to provide girls with boyfree learning spaces in maths and science.

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