Answering Back: Girls, Boys, Teachers and Feminism in by Jill Blackmore

By Jill Blackmore

Answering again exposes the volatility of gender reform in lots of varied colleges and study rooms. It tells tales in pack up and from less than, permitting all people to speak: fearful boys, naughty women, cantankerous academics, pontificating principals and feisty feminists. This publication demanding situations many sacred rules approximately gender reform in faculties and may shock and unsettle academics and researchers. It attracts on a deep wisdom of gender matters in colleges and of feminist theories, rules and practices. it's compelling and provocative examining on the innovative.

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They are all very clear that they try a lot harder academically with girls in the class. They feel that had the class remained single-sex then their marks would have fallen as they would have just ‘mucked around’ all the time. Now the girls are there they have settled down more, are working harder. Here is how they expressed this view: Charlie: I suppose you try a little bit harder, put a little more effort into what you’re doing. Patrick: Yeah, you don’t joke around so much. Like, with all boys, you just joke around.

It was as if ‘there was something wrong with us’. ’ Georgie has learned ‘that I don’t have to take that sort of shit any more. ’ The paradox is that many boys attend the school because they believe they would get ‘eaten alive’ at nearby Braydon Tech. The boys at the school are described by the Student Welfare Coordinator as being ‘milder and meeker’. They would be lost between the ‘bad THAT MYSTERIOUS GAP ‘BETWEEN HOPE AND HAPPENING’ 21 boys’ and the ‘high achievers’ at the Tech but are protected in the environment of this school.

They can argue it to a point and then they hit that wall again. We find it a struggle to deal with our lives because we have to work things out not always in the ways we were brought up with. That’s the role of the school; helping kids, not necessarily to come to any conclusions now, but at least to be a little better prepared than we were. 24 ANSWERING BACK Andrew Renault, Head of Department, agrees with Jenni. It was his particular wish that the school should choose ‘Gender and Literature’ from the three elective components in the externally examined Year 12 Literature course.

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