Failing at Fairness: How America's Schools Cheat Girls

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Simon and Schuster, May 11, 2010 - Education - 368 pages
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Failing at Fairness, the result of two decades of research, shows how gender bias makes it impossible for girls to receive an education equal to that given to boys.


  • Girls' learning problems are not identified as often as boys' are

  • Boys receive more of their teachers' attention

  • Girls start school testing higher in every academic subject, yet graduate from high school scoring 50 points lower than boys on the SAT


Hard-hitting and eye-opening, Failing at Fairness should be read by every parent, especially those with daughters.
 

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if you were a "smart girl" who sacrificed being seen as a young woman in order to be seen as smart, or, if you weren't stupid but played the game to get better grades, this book just might bring you to tears. Read full review

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For 20 years the Sadkers (both education, American Univ.) have researched gender bias in American education and have presented their findings in workshops and numerous articles, books, and government ... Read full review

Contents

Hidden Lessons
1
The History of Womens Education
17
Missing in Interaction
42
The SelfEsteem Slide
77
In Search of Herself
99
Test Dive
136
Colder by Degrees
161
The Miseducation of Boys
201
Different Voices Different Schools
226
The Edge of Change
251
Notes
281
Recommended Reading
327
Index
337
136
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Page xvi - Sitting in the same classroom, reading the same textbook, listening to the same teacher, boys and girls receive very different educations. From grade school through graduate school female students are more likely to be invisible members of classrooms. Teachers interact with males more frequently, ask them better questions, and give them more precise and helpful feedback. Over the course of years the uneven distribution of teacher time, energy, attention, and talent, with boys getting the lion's share,...
Page 4 - Zajac asked you for your penmanship, which, by the way, looks like who did it and ran. Felipe, the reason you have hiccups is, your mouth is always open and the wind rushes in. You're in fifth grade now. So, Felipe, put a lock on it. Zip it up. Then go get a drink of water. Mrs. Zajac means business, Robert. The sooner you realize she never said everybody in the room has to do the work except for Robert, the sooner you'll get along with her. And . . . Clarence. Mrs. Zajac knows you didn't try. You...
Page 13 - Most of America's poor live in households that are headed by women. If the cure for cancer is forming in the mind of one of our daughters, it is less likely to become a reality than if it is forming in the mind of one of our sons.

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Dr. Myra Sadker and Dr. David Sadker, professors at The American University (Washington, D.C.), have been involved in training programs to combat sexism and sexual harassment in over forty states and overseas. Their ground-breaking research has sparked a national response to sexism in schools, including the recent report from the American Association of University Women, "How Schools Shortchange Girls."

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