[EDEQUITY Equity Now]Comment on each gender would achieve to the

From: Emile Rosenberg (RosenbergE@k12.Waltham.ma.us)
Date: Tue May 28 2002 - 12:04:12 EDT

The oldest of introductory courses in schools of education often included a
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section on philosophy of education. Issues of schools as a mirror of
society and as a revolutionary opportunity to remake society still ring
today. Schools and school systems where the power and decision making
immitate male dominance and the glass ceiling for female advancement would
seem to impact all aspects of schooling in direct and subtle, but
ways. Schools which create mini-democracies and economies
as a way of teaching all students how society functions and giving them
practice in a variety of leadership roles hold the promise of remaking
society in accordance with the ideals of Title IX.

Emile Rosenberg
Assistant Superintendent of Waltham Schools
From: Mary Conrad [SMTP:mary.conrad@DOE.STATE.NJ.US]
Subject: [EDEQUITY Equity Now] Each gender would achieve to the
Re: Thomas Wilson's comments on nurturing and sensitivity:
WOW! What a powerful statement! I, too, wish there was research to
support your personal feelings and observations. Too often we see the
"suits" at the top, while women are afforded the opportunity for
middle-management.........with fancy titles, unequal pay and
stress-related, health problems that come from juggling priorities. This
affects all women, regardless of social class, race, ethnicity, disability
or national
origin. Women have NOT come a long way, baby!

If nurturing skills were taught to all children in their formative years,
we would have a growing population that assumes equality is the norm and
there would be no need for Title IX. Each gender would achieve to the
best of his or her potential........ but I'm afraid this is utopia, for
Our teacher training and curricula should contain content-based procedural
instruction that intersperses human qualities and equalities of both
genders, with the ultimate goal to VALUE equal treatment instead of just
patronizing it. This concept starts with a "crawl," and snowballs as
successes are achieved.
Mary Conrad
Equity Coordinator
NJ Department of Education

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