Re: what constituted discrimination? -Reply -Reply

Linda Purrington (
Tue, 10 Mar 1998 21:37:40 -0800

Most such incidents get swept under the rug, because the parents didn't
want to deal with it, and because there is retaliation for brining it
up, and the kids is always standing on a moving train anyway --growing
up while the whole brouhaha goes on-- But when the parents go out of
their way to make the incident educational to the widest number of
people possible, it can do some good--these incidents are like teaching
parables. The kids see that there is someone on their side who is not
too afraid to stand up and say that the Emperor has no clothes on. It's
sort of a chicken or the egg problem--which comes first, social change
or changes in the law? Adri, you and Ingrid and Charles are changing the
world. Keep going, in whatever way feels most comfortable to you. Let us
know if you would like to have any letters to the editor sent to your
public paper. Linda
Linda Purrington <>

C123S105L wrote:
> Yes, I have suspected for a long time that when a teacher refused to present a
> non-biased non-discriminatory curriculum to her/his class it would be a
> ''thorny'' issue
> in terms of treating it as a ''legal'' issue. That is Totally unfortunate
> because this
> kind of refusal is in fact ''denying'' my daughter and the other girls the
> right to be
> educated with the same treatment that their male counterparts automatically
> enjoy. That is why TITLE IX is confusing. AS long as we don't find or have
> some kind of legal backing to compell the schools to teach without prejudism
> and sexism we are
> in big trouble. The question of Sexual discrimination and sexual harrasment is
> prety much ''under the rug'' and I see this discrimination as strong as ever
> with
> the exception that ''everyone ''is carefull ''to do it'' quietly'' But the
> fact remains that
> discrimination is as ''there'' as ever and as ''lethal'' as ever. As long as
> we can't
> change it from the root, meaning through ''educationn in our schools'' we have
> not
> gone as far as we should. So it remains a FACT that when the music teacher
> refuses to give information to her female students because of her own sexism
> we have no legal remedy. ???except of course to try other means to ''change
> the
> school's mind'' by ways that are carefull no to go too far or we will be told
> where
> to go ?? Because we get a sense here that the school my daughter goes to will
> as soon as they find that we, the parents of this girl, ''have gone too far''
> I certainly
> would not take this incident to court because Iam almost sure it would not
> stand
> although Iam not an attorney. For what I understand TITLE IX does not protect
> my
> daughter against the sexist practices of this teacher. Do I understand this
> clearly?
> <>

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