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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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"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

About the Author

David Sadker

Karen R. Zittleman came to American University as a graduate student, worked with Dr. Sadker on gender equity research, then began researching teacher education issues, and now has graduated to co-author of this text. Karen brings both energy and insights to this textbook. Karen attended the University of Wisconsin for her bachelor s degree, and American University for her master s and doctorate. She teaches at American University s School of Education, and has been a virtual teacher for several courses offered online through the Women s Educational Equity Act. Her articles about gender, Title IX, and teacher education appear in the Journal of Teacher Education, Educational Leadership, Phi Delta Kappan, Principal and other professional journals. She is a contributing author to Teaching and Gender Equity: Foundations, Skills, Methods and Strategies (Lawrence Erlbaum publishers), and has created several equity websites. Karen has also authored Making Public Schools Great for Every Girl and Boy, an instructional guide on promoting equity in math and science instruction (National Educational Association), and educational film guides for A Hero for Daisy and Apple Pie: Raising Champions. She is project manager for Myra Sadker Advocates. Karen s research interests have focused on educational equity, foundations of education, teacher preparation, and spirituality in education.

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." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,863,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The book presents really good arguments about gender and how there is still work to do in the classroom setting. There is definitely a bias towards the female gender -- I wish more information was provided regarding male based stereotypes and unfair treatment that we should be aware of in the classroom.
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An excellent overview of the research on bias in the classroom that clearly proves that the claims of conservatives like Christina Hoff Summers (who asserts that only boys suffer) are wrong. Gender bias against both girls and boys (in different ways) is still very much present. The authors, who are educational psychologists, are far more careful and thorough about the details of the research than political ideologues of the Right.
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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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