Re: what constituted discrimination? -Reply -Reply

Linda Purrington (
Thu, 19 Mar 1998 21:40:33 -0800

Dear Adri: Yes, it sure can get isolated; that why networks such as this
are so important. I have a suggestion: how about asking on the list for
some web site help, and put up a web site with links and resources.
Sometimes when you are just in your own locale, you can't get anywhere.
But when you look over the fence, you find others with whom to share
resources and support, and refueled you can come back into your own
local area. And have some fun--nobody can do this forever without
getting some fun out of it. Dress up as Title IX for the Halloween
parade, and explain who you are . . . :)
Linda Purrington, Title IX Advocates

C123S105L wrote:
> Linda: to push the matter concerning textbook content is not only great but
> absolutely necessary if we are to make any real impact on the education of
> girls
> and on what is really meant by ''fair'' Iam going to have the time soon to
> really think
> in terms of what is meant by Bias and what is meant by discrimination because
> I
> think its important to look very closely at the definitions of these two
> terms. What
> I really need its to study both from a legal point of view and since I am not
> an attorney
> I don't know where to start. Iam very interested in seeing how a TITLE IX
> lawyer
> would beging to explore and eventually be able to build a case law. What is
> writen
> in a textbook cannot be changed but when is writen is exclusionary and
> therefore
> promotes discrimination the person in charge of fomenting ideas must make the
> necessary adjustments to insure that it does not led to ''actual
> discrimination'' which
> is what is occurring in the schools with the ''one gender'' curriculums. The
> word
> woman/women is still a dirty word in educational institutions and no one
> should
> have any doubt of that. The ''best'' teacher my daughter is ever had has NEVER
> really taken one single woman and discussed her in his class as part of any of
> his lessons. There have been some brief ''token'' mentioning'' here and there
> but
> I suspect that has been done to appease me since my husband and I are
> continuing
> the ''pressure''. Talking about 'how children don't have any civil rights when
> we told
> the principal Ingrid would not longer attend GYM class because what her
> teacher
> said to her her first response was" YOU HAVE TO SEND HER IS THE LAW
> whether you want or not!!!!So when Ingrid begins middle school and again she
> begins to study male history I want to be SOOOOO prepared because Iam going to
> ask for a curriculum alternative of ''inclussion'' that gives my daughter
> equal representation and I kind of 'dread'' this because I don't know what
> will be coming. But I have made up my mind that my daughter is more or less
> done with studying
> more ''male history''...she has been doing it since Kindergarten. So I need to
> be
> very well prepared on many fronts. I need to be able to find some ''allies''
> but so
> far I have not found any in my area. At least 50 parents, mostly women, were
> at the
> PTA meeting where we did our presentation regarding educational equity and we
> did not receive ONE SINGLE call regardin it. We gave them great hand outs
> too!!
> so its a rather ''lonely'' battle....
> Lesemann <>
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