Thursday, April 17, 2008

Papers and such...

Hi all,

Hope that you have a good class today with Tiffany as your fearless leader!

I wanted to tell you that I left your signed, sealed Disposition forms outside my office on the bookshelf. I did not leave you your papers because I decided at the last minute that it might make some people uncomfortable to have their papers out in public like that for all to see. These were personal papers and I didn't feel right about that.

So I will have papers for you on Tuesday.

Good luck with your projects and enjoy the spring sunshine.

LB :)

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Other Gender Issues to Consider...

I stumbled upon this article over the weekend and thought it, too, was relevant to our of gender issues in schools for this week. Check it out.

Testing Horace Mann

When students created Facebook pages that viciously attacked a teacher, and when their wealthy parents on the school’s board defended them, Horace Mann was forced to confront a series of questions: Is a Facebook page private, like a diary? Is big money distorting private-school education? And what values is a school supposed to teach?...

Friday, April 11, 2008

Readings for this week

In class on Thursday, we divided up the readings for this week. Half of you chose Peggy Orenstein's chapter from Schoolgirls. As you read about Judy Logan's classroom, think about what tools and strategies she uses to create what she calls a "gender-fair classroom."

The rest of you chose Bernard Lefkowitz's Our Guys. Read the first chapter carefully, and then skim the other sections that follow. Think about Kozol when you read this... Kozol looks at how the culture of power sustains the community of Mott Haven as a space of poverty and oppression. How does the culture of power sustain the community of Glen Ridge as well?

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

"Those who cannot remember the past...

... are doomed to repeat it."

— George Santayana, philosopher and poet

Little Rock, Arkansas

After much protest by those who opposed the integration of schools, the Federal Court finally bans picketing outside of school buildings.

Norman Rockwell,
"The Problem We All Live With" (1964)