RE: what constituted discrimination? -Reply -Reply

McKevitt, Susan (
Fri, 20 Mar 1998 10:39:55 -0500

Be brave. You are not alone, although after 18 years of working
professionally with Civil Rights issues, (Deputy Director/Investigator
for the NH Human Rights Commission and now the Equity person for the NH
Department of Education) I know, as every social justice person knows,
how lonely it can feel. At least now we have email to connect us.
Sally forth!! :-)
Susan McKevitt
Bureau for Equity
NH Department of Education
101 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
Phone (603) 271-6613
Fax (603) 271-1953

-----Original Message-----
From: C123S105L []
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 1998 9:31 AM
Subject: Re: what constituted discrimination? -Reply

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
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
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
would beging to explore and eventually be able to build a case
law. What is
in a textbook cannot be changed but when is writen is
exclusionary and
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
woman/women is still a dirty word in educational institutions
and no one
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
I suspect that has been done to appease me since my husband and
I are
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
said to her her first response was" YOU HAVE TO SEND HER IS THE
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
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
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
so its a rather ''lonely'' battle....
Lesemann <>


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