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View Diary: Even JPL Presenters Treat Boys and Girls Differently (267 comments)

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    In third grade, the only male teacher in my very small country school, returned my math paper saying all my answers were wrong.  I didn't believe that to be true, so I rechecked them.  I found most were correct and explained that to the teacher.  

    He said angrily, "don't contradict me," and proceeded to slap me across the face - back and forth - several times.  I kept my head held high and silently returned to my seat.  Later he said, well, he had "sampled" my answers and found one or two wrong, so he just assumed the rest were too.

    I've often thought back on how that early experience impacted me during my school years and later in life.  I believe it has made me a more passionate striver against all manner of injustice.  It certainly has enabled me to recognize, almost immediately, the type of disparate, demoralizing treatment that you observed the presenter giving to the young girl.  

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