SchoolGirls Peggy Orenstein Notes

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Introduction - Everett Middle School in San Francisco, CA - Judy Logan – Teacher: aims to blast the hidden curriculum wide open (247). o Banner on wall stating, “Women are one-alf of the world’s people; they do two-thirds of the world’s work; they earn one-tenth of the world’s income; they own one one-hundredth of the world’s propery” (247). o Orenstein asks, “where are the men?” and proceeds to state, “Then it dawns. This is a classroom that’s gone through the gender looking glass. It is the mirror opposite of most classrooms that girls will enter, which are adorned with masculine role models, with male heroes, with books by and about men…This is what a classroom would look like if women were the dominant sex” (247-248). o Made the students do a report on an African American of the opposite sex and act the part while presenting who they were. Ex. Jeremy acted as Etta James (251). “Although this mini-lesson on the value of supportiveness and appropriate risk taking was conducted surrounding a boy’s experience, it seemed especially relevant for girls. Ms Logan has confronted her students’ anxieties and taken the shame out of imperfection (252-253) - Teacher has class do a Gender Journey lesson, makes students close their eyes to take a journey back into time all the way to birth, but born as the opposite sex. Students are disgusted. - “Almost all of the boys’ observations about gender swapping involve disparaging ‘have to’s’, whereas the girls seem wistful with longing. By sixth grade, it is clear that both girls and boys have learned to equate maleness with opportunity and femininity with constraint” (xiv). - “Yet all of them, even those enjoying every conceivable advantage, saw their gender as a liability” (xv). - American Association of University Women’s report Shortchanging Girls, Shortchanging America: concentrated on the ways in which the education system inhibits, restricts, diminishes, and denies girls’ experience, San Francisco Examiner headline: Girls’ Low Self-Esteem Slows Their Progress, New York Times proclaimed: Girls’ Self-Esteem Is Lost on the Way to Adolescence: Stated that “three thousand boys and girls between the ages of nine and fifteen were polled on their attitudes toward self, school, family, and friends. For a girl, the passage into adolescence is not just marked by menarche or few new curves. It is marked by a loss of confidence in herself and her abilities, especially in math and science. It is marked by a scathingly critical attitude toward her body and a blossoming sense of personal inadequacy” (xv – xvi). “Middle school is the beginning of the transition from
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