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Schools and the Formation and Reinforcement of Gender and Racial Stereotypes

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  • By default, schools in a society with deeply embedded institutional racism and sexism (and other forms of oppression) will replicate and perpetuate those problems. 
  • Part 1: The Most Outrageous Ways Schools Are Trying To Enforce Gender Stereotypes
  • Part 2: We Don’t Always Know When We’re Biased
  • Boy Scouts Shut Down Two Troops Over Acceptance of LGBT Leader

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: The Most Outrageous Ways Schools Are Trying To Enforce Gender Stereotypes

Pressuring kids to conform to traditional gender roles can have serious consequences. And reinforcing traditional gendered behavior can also teach kids to equate their gender with stereotypes that aren’t always healthy. 

Tara Culp-Ressler, ThinkProgress

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April 23, 2014 | Over the past several years, school dress codes haven’t been without controversy. Particularly because gender-based dress codes often end up furthering unhealthy attitudes about female sexuality — suggesting that it’s girls’ responsibility to cover up because boys can’t help but get “distracted” — students and parents sometimes protest against what they see as a harmful approach to kids’ understanding of gender roles.

There are other subtle ways that schools’ clothing requirements impose messages about gender and sexuality on America’s youth, too. In the name of creating a uniform learning environment without any distractions, school administrators often require students to fit into a narrowly defined view of what it means to be a boy or a girl. Here are five recent examples of schools attempting to police kids’ gender expression, ultimately reinforcing unnecessary stereotypes about how girls and boys ought to behave. 

Tara Culp-Ressler is the Health Editor for ThinkProgress. Before joining the ThinkProgress team, Tara deepened her interest in progressive politics from a faith-based perspective at several religious nonprofits, including Faith in Public Life, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, and Interfaith Voices.

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Part 2: We Don’t Always Know When We’re Biased

By default, schools in a society with deeply embedded institutional racism and sexism will replicate and perpetuate those problems.

Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 2020

April 11, 2014 |Most of the bias in our society operates without people being aware of their own bias.

Over at the Shanker Institute’s blog, research associate Esther Quintero has rounded up some key points about implicit bias, which operates below the conscious level, using the same system as other mental shortcuts that help us function in day-to-day life.

Michael Diedrich, Education Fellow, Minnesota 2020

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Boy Scouts Shut Down Two Troops Over Acceptance of LGBT LeaderCurtis F, Addicting Info

No, this isn’t about religion. Conservatives are engaging in behavior that they know could result in death, and they simply use their religion as an excuse to validate this dangerous behavior. Don’t get it confused. These aren’t the acts of religious people. This is outright hate.

 

What We Lose When We Rip the Heart Out of Arts Education

  • It's National Poetry Month, but if the Common Core has its way, our children will hardly know what poetry is. 
  • Education Fails Children from Disadvantaged Backgrounds

 

Paul L. Thomas, AlterNet

 

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April 15, 2014  |

 

“No, no. You’ve got something the test and machines will never be able to measure: you’re artistic. That’s one of the tragedies of our times, that no machine has ever been built that can recognize that quality, appreciate it, foster it, sympathize with it.” —Paul Proteus to his wife Anita in Kurt Vonnegut’s  Player Piano

 

“So much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens” is, essentially, a grammatical sentence in the English language. While the syntax is somewhat out of the norm, the diction is accessible to small children—the hardest word likely being “depends.” But  “The Red Wheelbarrow” by William Carlos Williams is much more than a sentence; it is a poem.

 

Paul L. Thomas is an associate professor of education at Furman University.

 

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Education Fails Children from Disadvantaged Backgrounds, compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • The education reform movement has failed in its effort to boost educational outcomes for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Part 1: Education is Not the Answer
  • Part 2: New York Schools Most Segregated in the Nation

Boy Scouts Shut Down Two Troops Over Acceptance of LGBT Leader

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No, this isn’t about religion. Conservatives are engaging in behavior that they know could result in death, and they simply use their religion as an excuse to validate this dangerous behavior. Don’t get it confused. These aren’t the acts of religious people. This is outright hate.

Curtis F, Addicting Info 

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BoyScoutsLGBT.jpgThe Boy Scouts of America shut down two troops when a church refused to fire a gay Boy Scout leader over his sexual orientation.

April 22, 2014 1:01 AM The homophobic rhetoric in America is reaching a fevered pitch now that a landslide of states have either legalized gay marriage or had bans ruled unconstitutional by their courts. One organization that has often been at the forefront of the idea that homosexual individuals shouldn’t share the same rights as everyone else is the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). They took a few hits from conservative groups when they decided to allow gay youth to join the organization, but they may have just saved face by shutting down two Boy Scout units because it turned out that their leader is a gay Boy Scout Scoutmaster.

“No Gays Allowed”

Seattle’s Rainier Beach United Methodist Church had, until very recently, two Boy Scout units under its wing. The BSA had granted the two units, Pack 98 and Troop 98, along with the church their own charters. Unfortunately for the units, it was discovered that Geoffrey McGrath, the boys’ Scoutmaster, is gay. At that point, the church was asked to remove McGrath, and their (the church's) response was pretty epic. 

Curtis F is a writer and content creator working out of the state of Georgia. He holds two Bachelor's degrees: one in criminal justice and the other in psychology. He is engaged in national and local politics. 

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RIP, Fred Phelps: Your Legacy Is Not What You May Think, Cathy Renna, Huffington Post

  • I know I will take a moment to remember those angels turning the corner and think about how our community has turned an even bigger corner to create a world where that kind of hate no longer exists.
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Special Project | The War on Children: Week Ending April 20, 2014

  • The United States is one of the few countries in the world that puts children in supermax prisons, tries them as adults, incarcerates them for exceptionally long periods of time, defines them as super predators, pepper sprays them for engaging in peaceful protests, and, in an echo of the discourse of the war on terror, describes them as 'teenage time bombs.' 
  • 8 New Items including:
    • Education Fails Children from Disadvantaged Backgrounds
    • 5 Extremist Christian "Science" Teachings
    • Beyond Neoliberal Miseducation
    • Pope Francis, Jesuits, and Anglican Face Prosecution
    • Why Corporations Want Our Public Schools (Graphic)
    • 7 Most Absurd Things America's Kids Are Learning Thanks to the Conservative Gutting of Public Education
    • Woody Allen's Advantage: How the Law Protects Celebs Accused of Abuse
    • Toothless On 42nd Street

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Education Fails Children from Disadvantaged Backgrounds, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The education reform movement has failed in its effort to boost educational outcomes for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Part 1: Education is Not the Answer
  • Part 2: New York Schools Most Segregated in the Nation

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5 Extremist Christian "Science" Teachings, Jpnny Scaramanga, AlterNet

  • The Christian curriculum that says its students should not have any knowledge of anything contrary to the Bible.
  • This stuff is in schoolbooks.
  • 7 Most Absurd Things America's Kids Are Learning Thanks to the Conservative Gutting of Public Education
  • How these gibbering numbskulls came to dominate Washington

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Beyond Neoliberal Miseducation, Henry Giroux, Moyers & Company

  • Universities are increasingly becoming dead zones of the imagination, managed by a class of swelling bureaucrats, inhabited by faculty who constitute a new class of indentured, if not sometime willing, technicians and students who are demeaned as customers and saddled with crippling debts.
  • Higher education is being defunded as part of a larger scheme to dismantle and privatize all public services, goods and spheres.
  • 6 ways neoliberal education reform is destroying our college system

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Pope Francis, Jesuits, and Anglican Face Prosecution, Kevin Annett, Hidden from History

  • LET IT BE KNOWN that, based on an application brought before it by the Office of the Citizen Prosecutor on February 10, 2014, the Court will in thirty days commence litigation proceedings against Jorge Bergoglio ("Pope Francis 1"), Adolfo Nicolas Pachon ("Superior General of the Jesuit Order"), Justin Welby (Archbishop of Canterbury") and others involved in Crimes against Humanity.
  • Welcome to ITCCS.ORG and The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State

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Why Corporations Want Our Public Schools (Graphic), YES! Editors

  • Where’s the big money in privatization? Take it from the teachers.
  • 7 Most Absurd Things America's Kids Are Learning Thanks to the Conservative Gutting of Public Education

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7 Most Absurd Things America's Kids Are Learning Thanks to the Conservative Gutting of Public Education, Katie Halper, AlterNet

  • Kids learn that gun control is a gateway to tyranny and that science is unchristian.
  • Publicly Funded Schools That Are Allowed to Teach Creationism

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Woody Allen's Advantage: How the Law Protects Celebs Accused of Abuse, Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza, The Atlantic 

  • Stars' out-of-court settlements and PR campaigns amount to legalized witness tampering. A few rule changes for cases with famous defendants could help ensure fairness, though.
  • Choosing Comfort Over Truth: What It Means to Defend Woody Allen

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Toothless On 42nd Street, William Annett, American Logo

  • But the United Nations … has thereby enabled the church to continue its reign of terror against … millions of innocent little victims, and millions of victims yet to come... . And so it is now up to the people of the world through their lawful common law courts and enforcement, to directly stop the crimes of the Vatican.
  • UN denounces Vatican over child abuse and demands immediate action

 

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