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From Publishers Weekly

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.

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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 publications. Failing at Fairness pulls their research together and provides a detailed overview of the hidden sexism at all levels of American education today and historically. The Sadkers use examples and statistics and cite over 400 books, reports, and articles to illustrate their claim that girls are systematically shortchanged by the educational system. The chapter bibliographies supplying citations to primary sources are particularly valuable, since some of the Sadkers' premises and conclusions may be a bit overstated. Nonetheless, Failing at Fairness is a thought-provoking book on an important topic. As such, it is recommended for libraries with collections in education, women's studies, and parenting. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/1/93.
- Carol R. Nelson, Ball State Univ. Lib., Muncie, Ind.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1st Touchstone Edition, 1995 edition (March 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068480073X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684800738
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,369,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on September 16, 1998
Format: Paperback
The issue of gender bias in our school system was identified as a major social problem over two decades ago, yet the problem still persists. Dr. Sadker presents startling research supporting her position--gender bias in our school systems, although not as blatant as in the past, still exists in more subtle, insidious ways. Additionally, the researchers also present a brief history of sexism in education stretching back to the colonial days. There can be little doubt that since our early history, educators have attempted to force girls and women into roles requiring dependence upon men. I'll admit some of the research methods may be open to interpretation or debate, but the overwhelming evidence supporting the authors' position cannot be ignored. If you are an educator, regardless of level, this book will open your eyes.
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For every woman who ever sat in a classroom and was afraid to raise her hand, hunched her shoulders, or found a strength in finally speaking out. For their mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands and children. Contrary to the negative reviews of this book, Orenstein is not attempting to 'blame the system', but to improve it and make girls and women more aware of how they themselves can get 'more for their money', per say, from the school system. Read this book if you even KNOW a girl.
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I am very glad I read Failing at Fairness. I am an early childhood education major and it is a useful tool for all new teachers. I never realized how much girls were being discriminated against. The book made me realize how outdated our textbooks and classroom materials are. When the book mentioned naming 20 famous women I admit I could not. The important role that women played in the history of this country is sadly overlooked in our history books. Being a future educator this book made me aware of some of the biases we may have and not even be aware of. I am well aware of racial discrimination in the classrooms but before I read "Failing at Fairness" I was unaware of gender discrimination. It made me realize there are subtle messages we send to our young female students. Messages that can destroy their self-esteem and prevent them from becoming the adult that they can be. I will be aware of how much time I spend correcting my male students and how much I call on them. Failing at Fairness is an excellent book, very well researched and a must read for anyone involved in education.
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This book is a meticulous documentation of how our educational system discriminates against girls. An illuminating example is how boys get called on more, even by conscientious teachers who both want to overcome this problem and know they are being observed
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This book has really opened the eyes of many parents and teachers on our planning committee. The more we investigated the issues raised, the more validity we discovered. And most of all, even from the "good" teachers who thought they were doing a great job. We have had lots of spin-off research as a result of this wonderful resource.
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In addition to being a well-researched text, Failing at Fairness provides important antedotal evidence on girls' experience in school. I find it amusing that the two negative reviews here either contain substantive grammatical errors (lol) or criticize the authors for using girls' actual experiences -- hello -- social and cultural history provide very acceptable and important insights into human behavior. This text is a "must read" for educators and parents.
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By A Customer on May 31, 2000
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This book should be required reading for all teachers and educators of every sort. A very detailed view of how schools cheat girls by marginialising their roles in the classrooms of America. What makes this book so good, however, is that there are some potential solutions available; that is not to say that this book really has THE answers, but it is a step in the right direction. The statistics regarding the prefromance of females at all-girl schools are impressive, and may be of importance, since co-ed instituions often seem to neglect girls to a greater degree, but this only seems a temporary solution, as the workforce itself is co-ed, and females must get used to operating in such environments. The main thing that is necessary is for the educators to get educated themselves in what is going on; it seems all too likely that the most of the teachers who are doing these things are not even aware of it. If useful strategies are taught to future teachers as to how to combat gender bias, schools in the future may be a great deal fairer of their treatment of all students.
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I thought this book was very helpful in understanding how women have been treated in the past and also into the present. It establishes good points that can be seen today and where we work, go to school, or even in our neighborhood. However, I found it to be very narrow minded. It only portrays ideas from one view point and so is very biased in nature. I believe there are always two sides to a story and so pointing out the positives would be just as insightful as the negatives.
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