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Exploring the Bias:

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Transcript of Exploring the Bias:

India Exploring the Bias: By: Sean Burke & Kristofer Fiore India Curriculum The language of instruction is Hindi School Infastructure & Facilities School & Classroom Setting Discussion Questions Quote:

"...underrepresentation of women is clearly evident in all the textbooks and across all subjects. there has been little effor to depict women in non-traditional roles, or to portray them as capable of making choices. The textbooks are replete with tradtional meanings of masculine and feminine."

How does this translate in the U.S.? Subjects offered: Economics
Hindi
History
Political Science
Geography It should be noted that girls had a higher interest in Hindi, English, and arts; boys had a larger interest in math, science, and history Other differences between boys and girls: Boys were encouraged to explore secondary education after primary schooling. Girls' primary reason for schooling was to get a good husband after primary school. If boys fail an annual examination, they are encouraged to try again. Girls are invariably withdrawn from schooling if they fail an annual exam. Conclusion All 4 schools funtioned in government sanctioned "pucca" buildings. Classroom sizes were sufficient given the enrollment. Classroom furniture consisted of wood or iron desks, benches, and stools Libraries 2 of 4 schools had a separate room designed to be a library Schools by # of Computers


GSHSS-MN (boys) 17
GSHSS-HP 5
GHSS-MW 3
GSHSS-MN (girls) 2 Schools by # of Books


GHSS-MW 2,800
GSHSS-HP 2,700
GSHSS-MN (boys) 490
GSHSS-MN (girls) 450 All 4 schools had drinking water 3 of 4 schools had full water facilities All 4 schools were described as airy and well lit; however, poorly maintained. In the girls' schools the girls had to clean their own classrooms. Co-ed and boys' schools classrooms were cleaned weekly. Both co-ed schools divided classrooms by gender. Teachers were only supplied with chalkboards and chalk. Books were supplied to students by the schools. Boys were allowed to leave the school grounds.
Girls were to remain inside the gates all day. Textbooks were supplied by the school. Identifying and eliminating the "hidden curriculum." Seating arangments
Task assignments
Gendered text & play patterns Teaching to promote critical thinking. More than "add women and stir" is needed. Make gender issues a high priority. When have you seen the "hidden curriculum?" What policies would you create to help make issues of gender a priority?
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