By Jill Blackmore
Answering again exposes the volatility of gender reform in lots of diverse colleges and study rooms. It tells tales in pack up and from lower than, permitting all people to speak: fearful boys, naughty women, cantankerous academics, pontificating principals and feisty feminists. This booklet demanding situations many sacred rules approximately gender reform in faculties and should shock and unsettle lecturers and researchers. It attracts on a deep wisdom of gender matters in faculties and of feminist theories, regulations and practices. it truly is compelling and provocative examining on the cutting edge.
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It must be said that a disconcertingly high proportion of teachers make a simple equation between achieving gender equity and providing ‘equal opportunities’ which in turn is equated with ‘not discriminating’. All three are regarded as rather straightforward matters. Equitable practice involves removing overtly discriminatory barriers to participation and success by reforming timetables and opening up 22 ANSWERING BACK subject choices, using non-sexist texts and language, and becoming gender blind.
Not that they need many reasons The teachers are humming along, yes, I’m getting the feedback from the teachers, they’re all very happy with it. Geoff is particularly happy being with the group of tough boys. ‘It’s very relaxed in here,’ he says: Prevents ulcers. Far more relaxed, incredibly relaxed, in the classroom. Rule number one—look after yourself, bugger the kids. [Laughter] There’s no behavioural problems whatsoever. The academic performances haven’t improved at all but their efforts are fine.
Janine: It was a guys’ profession, a guys’ trade and a girl was doing it. Did they give you a hard time? Amanda: No, because they were told right from the start, any harassment of the girls and I’ll fail you straight away. Who said that? Janine: The teacher, Mr Hickey. He’s good. Amanda: He’s more impressed with our work than he is with the guys’ work. Half the guys are only passing because of Sarah, Janine and myself. ’ And, Jan from Year 11 says: There’ll be people who’ll be sexist but that’s going to be anyway, you won’t change these people’s opinion, but 12 ANSWERING BACK everyone’s equal, everyone feels equal and that’s always been brought out at our school, not that the girls can’t do this or that.