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  •  Interestingly, when I was in high school (23+ / 0-)

    many years ago, this was something easily noticed.  Most of our classes were this way.  

    One teacher even allowed boys to chew gum, but not girls.  (Although he promised to let girls chew gum if anyone would write a short paper explaining why their treatment was unfair, no one did.)

    But, in one class, this general rule was not the case.  Math, believe it or not.   Our math teacher was extremely fair to both girls and boys.  He alternately called on girls and boys, encouraged them, and praised them equally as well.

    It was so different in his classroom that more girls than boys ended up taking all four years of high school math, which was a great help to them (and all of us) when we went on to college.

    This was a tiny prairie town many miles from any other city.  He was such a good teacher that I find myself using his lessons every day in life, from algebra to geometry to everything else.

    I was recently back in that town, where he was also a farmer, after a more than 30 year absence. It is drying up and blowing away. And the beautiful old brick high school from the 1930s has been replaced by trailer-style classrooms.   They told me it was "too expensive to maintain."  So, it was bulldozed.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 09:20:31 AM PST

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