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Failing At Fairness: How Our Schools Cheat Girls Paperback – March 1, 1995
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The authors look at considerable evidence of gender inequities in the classroom and suggest ways to reform the education system. QPB alternate selection.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Garin Rubenstein The New York Times Required reading for anyone interested in sex bias.
Patricia Ireland President, National Organization for Women Provides hard evidence of the discrimination women face from the first day of school.
Naomi Wolf Author of The Beauty Myth 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.
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The book is strongest on presenting the history of educating women, and defining specifically how girls are still getting shortchanged. The authors clearly lay out their analysis of what is wrong with girl's education. The weakness of the book is in the last chapter "The Edge of Change". The solution to any problem requires change, and this change requires a rethink of how we treat half the population. It challenges our habits, our culture, our intellect and our pocketbook. And , unfortunately, the Sadkers are a little light and fuzzy when suggesting solutions. This is forgivable given the scope of the problem.
If you are a parent of a girl, or if you are or want to be a good teacher, I encourage you to read Failing at Fairness.