In article <3q6d7g$njl at knot.queensu.ca>, 3tem4 at qlink.queensu.ca (Dead Cow)
>u64520 at UICVM.CC.UIC.EDU wrote:
> : I went to an all girls high school and feel strongly that the encouragement
> : I received and the female role models that taught me are the primary reason
> : I am now pursuing a PhD in a science field.
>> I am assuming that you are referring to a private school, not a public
> school. My main objection is that public schools (at least in the
> Maritimes) have no recourse for firing bad teachers, even ones whom the
> vice-principals admit are crazy, and who have limits set on how many
> students may transfer out of them at the beginning of each year.
Not just the Maritimes - I went to public school in Ontario, and we had a
few teachers who were terrible (including a history teacher who denied the
existence of the Holocaust) but instead of being fired, they were just
kicked around from school to school.
> My point is that if you are in a school where the teachers are not
> accountable, then segregating the classroom may only serve to further the
> problems of gender inequity. A teacher who doesn't think that females
> have a chance in, say, biology, would be more likely not to offer an
> all-female class a better lesson because they had been segregated.
> Speaking from experience, I can say that while it may be a hassle to be
> one of four or five girls in a physics class, I'd rather redo my entire
> high school than sit through an all girls lecture given by a sexist teacher.
>> Then again, I'm writing this having come from a public school in
> a province (N.S.) with no province-wide exams. I think that the entire
> school system needs to be revamped, and gender segregation would be one
> of the last approaches I would support.
Sounds like you think province-wide exams would help - why? Wouldn't all
teaching then just be geared towards doing well on the exams?
I too disagree with gender segregation on the grounds that it wouldn't
prepare girls (or boys, for that matter) fairly for the real world. You
can't stay gender-segregated your whole life. Unless you enter a convent,
I guess. :)
>> Dead Cow, 3rd Year Biology Major, Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario
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