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the Grade: A Title IX Curriculum
Raising the Grade
is a collection of fun and interesting activities that will strengthen
kindergartner through twelfth grader's abilities to work together effectively
across the diversity of gender, race, national origin, and disability.
Designed to be used throughout the learning period, on its own, as part
of a thematic unit, or across the curriculum, Raising the Grade
will help students recognize that they can take action to make gender
equity a reality in all areas of their lives.
NOTE: The following are excepts
and exercises from Raising the Grade, a curriculum
about Title IX available from WEEA. To order call 800-793-5076 or you
online. Code #2810, $17.00.
Despite gains . . . since
the enactment of Title IX, today males and females are
still limited in their educational choices by their gender.
Boys are much more likely to be awarded national, state,
and college scholarships, while girls are still severely
under-represented in most scientific and technical fields.
Research shows that many
of the so-called "innate" differences between
females and males are the result of adult interaction
with infants, children, and youth. Often unconsciously,
sexist attitudes and behaviors perpetuate stereotypes
about what girls and boys can do, and create systems that
do not equitably serve girls and boys.
Books, toys, comics, television, peers,
and well-meaning adults spell out gender stereotypes that
encourage boys to act one way and girls to act another.
Students need to discover early in their school years--and
have the knowledge reinforced frequently--that there is
no such thing as "masculine" knowledge or "feminine"
Gender bias has a negative impact, limiting
our expectations about abilities, interests, skills, and
temperament for each gender. Girls lose out in terms of
physical development, self-determination, and developing
independence. Boys are stifled in developing their communication
and relationship skills. It prevents our young people
from determining what is possible for them.
Is it likely that children entering kindergarten
now can expect to receive an education that will encourage
them to explore their interests and talents freely regardless
of gender? In middle school, will he be able to explain
why both males and females must acquire skills in math,
science, computers, technology, reading, and writing?
In high school, when thinking about the future, will her
expectations about the kinds of jobs she could choose
not be restricted by gender?
Goals of Raising
the Grade Curriculum
Every child must recognize
what gender stereotyping is, what causes it, and how it
affects people in their perceptions about their life options.
Raising the Grade is designed to help students
learn how to do the following:
- Develop a positive self-concept.
- Maintain a positive attitude about
their abilities to pursue academic, athletic, career
and other endeavors that interest them, without gender
- Exhibit positive attitudes about
the abilities of both genders.
- Associate freely with individuals
of both genders in the classroom.
- Identify and analyze personal, family,
and societal attitudes about men and women, gender-role
stereotypes and bias, and forms of sex discrimination.
- Define and identify strategies to
overcome role stereotyping, bias and discrimination
on the basis of sex, race, national origin, and disability.
- Identify various types of jobs as
possibilities for themselves and others regardless
- Identify and analyze the subtle
and not-so-subtle roles television and other media
play in life and career planning.
(Adapted from Gender Equity
Competencies for Ohio and the Wisconsin Model for Sex
Equity in Career and Vocational Education.)