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Gender-segregated science classrooms.

K:SOFTWARECOMMSDEMONKA9QSPOOLMAIL pippy at emissive.demon.co.uk
Sun May 28 13:19:41 EST 1995


In article <hmcarv-2605951543050001 at macmedic.fm.ul.pt>, hmcarv at fm.ul.pt (M. 
Gama-Carvalho) says:
>Irene Kavanagh wrote:
>> P.S. Are there any Europeans out there?

I'm in my second year (undergrad) studying Micro. and Genetics in the 
UK. I spent two years as the only female in an A-level chemistry class 
of ten. At first the continual flow of sexist comments thrown at me got me down, as did 
the teacher's inability to understand that I was actually reasonably intelligent, (male 
teacher). BUT, I put up with it and before too long gained enough 
confidence to fightback. The "males" soon realised that I was not going 
to take it and gave up. In England segregation of sexes for science 
teaching has been suggested, but, I think that the only way that males 
are going to learn that females can do just as well as them if not 
better, and that the females are going to learn how to deal with the 
SOMETIMES domineering males, is to put them in a classroom together so 
that they can learn to cope/grow up. Isn't this what life is about??!!

Pip Anderson
Pippy at emissive.demon.co.uk
cbs3pra at lucs-03.novell.leeds.ac.uk

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