Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Gendered Education

School is a place of much more than just academics. It carries with it, social norms and situations. It really makes me wonder how seriously women's educations are being taken. Yeah things are getting more equal every decade, but where do we stand right now? There is a part in the reading that states, "In treating women as sexual objects, such actions tell women students that they are not taken seriously as members of an intellectual community." As soon as I read that, I was reminded of my 8th grade Health teacher.

I remember a teacher I had in middle school... Mr. Baylor. He had an awful reputation amongst the girls in our school. Every 8th grader in our school had to take Health class from Mr. Baylor. He was one of the only teachers that taught in a trailer off the back of our middle school. Our school had grown so much we ran out of classrooms. I wonder now if the other teachers just didn't want to deal with him either. My 7th grade year a student caught him watching porn and nothing happened. My year of Health class, we caught him watching porn again... still no one did anything. Looking back now, it is awful to think that this man was teaching all these 13 and 14 year old kids about their own bodies. My 9th grade year, he got his laptop taken away. And by the time I was in 10th grade, Mr. Baylor flow off the handle.

One day during class, he was trying to quiet the class and got upset. He yelled at all his female students, "You sluts are going nowhere in your lives. You are all just a bunch of whores!" Some of the young girls in his class were appalled and left the room. The next day Mr. Baylor was on "mental leave" and never came back. I wonder to this day why it took so long for the school to get rid of this man. I don't know what was happening behind closed doors, but I believe that no one should objectify women. I especially don't agree when they are teaching sex ed to young girls and boys.

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