FWD. sexism in school

AnneM (AnneM@edc.org)
Fri, 5 Dec 1997 13:28:24 -0500

Forwarded from WISENET by AnneM@edc.org (AnneMcAuliffe)
Subject: sexism in school
From: Women In Science and Engineering NETwork <WISENET@listserv.uic.edu>
at Internet
Date: 12/5/97 10:28

Regarding sexism in schools...a recent post about shop vs. home ec. got me
thinking. In my high school (1970-74) they started a special home ec. course
for boys...but they called it "Bachelor Living" in order to get guys to sign up.
My mother claims that when she was in 4th grade, all boys took home ec. and all
girls took shop. I would argue that in today's world, every student needs both.
Boys need basic "survival skills" like cooking & cleaning & sewing buttons, and
girls need to do homeowner repairs and at least negotiate with auto mechanics.
(I used to change my own spark plugs, but cars are too complicated anymore :-))

Vickie Frohne
WIU Physics

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