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Still Failing at Fairness: How Gender Bias Cheats Girls and Boys in School and What We Can Do About It Paperback – Bargain Price, April 28, 2009


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416552472
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416552475
  • ASIN: B002PJ4J2O
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,015,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"We need many more books like this one that draw into the foreground the fact that sexism in the schools is crippling America's leadership and productivity." -- Naomi Wolf, author of The Beauty Myth

"Provides hard evidence of the discrimination women face from the first day of school." -- Patricia Ireland, former president, National Organization for Women

"Required reading for anyone interested in sex bias." -- The New York Times

"An eye-opener for any parent or teacher truly interested in equality." -- San Francisco Chronicle

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Gender Bias Researcher on November 28, 2011
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More than ten years ago, in the mid 90's, the Sadkers did an expansive as well as longitudinal study of gender bias, ethnic bias and other forms of stereotyping and their effects in our public school systems -- from grade school through college. What they found was appalling, and perhaps more tragic, was the that the situation wasn't being recognized by teachers, administrators or parents - though to their credit, the teachers were horrified that they were inadvertantly sending such messages. However, the children knew and their stark responses to the gender and ethnic inequalities they felt showed that even as grade school children they already knew.

Ten years later, in the mid-2000's Sadker and Zittleman decided to revisit all the data and update their report with current research. Sadly, they didn't find much improvement. They did find improvement, but as the mountain of current research still shows, things have not improved much.

Please don't let dismissive reviews fool you. The folks doing this kind of research know that the Sadkers work is VERY up-to-date and is backed up by hundreds of other papers and studies that still show how far we have to go before more than half our population is allowed to be considered equal and is encouraged to achieve their full potential.

Don't believe me? Try looking at Hanson's Lost Talent, another book from the 90s or more recently, Hall's 'Who's Afraid of Madam Curie', or better yet, just do a Google Scholar search for 'gender bias' or 'stereotypes' and you'll find more than enough 'current' proof that things have not improved.

The less we try to convince ourselves that everything is just peachy, the better off we'll be -- and the better off our educational system will be.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By London on August 4, 2013
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Throughout the book I felt the authors were quick to place blame a guilt for issues, but rarely offered meaningful solutions (yes I know that they have their "recommendations" at the end of each chapter, but these rarely seemed more than superficial). When writing about a ptovuenatic topic its often important to show empathy for the "opposing side" or " offenders" the authors never seem to do this so the book feels like one long rant against everyone else which turns people off to the issue rather than allowing for discussion.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jennifer allen on August 26, 2013
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This book is very easy to read and actually enjoyable! I did not expect it to be, but found I was enjoying it after a while. Very good book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AndreaPDX on December 28, 2012
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For anyone trying to understand gender inequity in the world today, and why it is that women are in the "place" they are in the society in comparison to men. This book is incredibly revealing of how hard it is to break out of social norms in the classroom, even for educators that try their best to combat inequity. From the little comments- complementing girls on their outfit and boys on their grades- to the more blatant lack of attention girls get in the classroom, after reading this you'll be well armed to take a solid look at classrooms (or the real world) and point out/see the examples of gender inequality.
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2 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D.S. on November 10, 2011
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If I didn't have to read this book for school I probably wouldn't. Not only is the book extremely repetitive, the arguments are very biased. When you write a book trying to state the fact that there are gender bias in schools, you also have to argue the counter examples. They make very extreme statements. Also I find many of the "facts" that they stated outdated. I understand that this book is a newer edition to the old book Failing at Fairness but it seems like they used many examples from the 1900's that I can't relate too. Stating things like teachers never call on girls in math classes, teachers seat the boys and girls on opposite side of the rooms, girls never speak out in class, etc. Some of these facts just seem outdated and i can't relate to any of these issues nor can my classmates. What's interesting about this book is the history of women in the educational system. But other then that, just reading the first few sentences of a paragraph can get you the jest of what they are trying to say.
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