The Importance Of Gender Stereotyping In Education

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Although many do not realize, gender stereotyping is one of the most controversial topics in the field of education. Professionals are constantly trying to find efficient and effective ways to monitor not only teachers and administrators, but the students as well, to be sure that gender stereotyping and gender biases and kept at a minimum within the school environment. With the goal of neither gender biases not gender stereotyping taking place within the school system, higher educational professional constantly seek to find research that can help them understand how to prevent, or possible even cure, biases that are developed to ensure equal rights to all students. As identified by Sowmya Rajendram, the definition of a bias is an inclination…show more content…
The students that are being discriminated against are often the ones that have repeatedly been told to be passive and quiet during their elementary years. However, this could be a major issue because it may be a cause to the problem continuing. Those same students are not willing to stand up for the unfair treatment they have received so that others are not treated the same way. It is also discovered that teachers typically do not even realize they have a bias; they are simply teaching the same way they were taught to teach. Shaquat ends with a very strong statement of her opinion, “boys and girls are receiving unequal education in our schools and unless teachers are made aware of the gender-role socialization and biased messages that are unintentionally publicizing, the unequal treatment will…show more content…
Rodney Clarkston presents many ideas in his article, “Toward Bias-Free Teaching: Gender Equity in the Classroom.” Clarken states that if a teacher knows how to teach equitability, care about justice in their classroom, and teach in the right way, they will be able to have such a positive effect on their students, classroom, and even other staff members in their district. However, if a teacher is not equitable, they can cause great harm. To establish equity, the same opportunities, rights, and curriculum must be provided to all students, regardless of gender, characteristic traits, or ability. It is identified that teacher’s expectations about a student can affect how they interact with that student, which in turn can have either a positive or negative effect on the student’s achievement. As a teacher, to be sure you can equalize opportunity in the classroom, simple changes can be made such as allowing all students to answer questions in class, call on students randomly, individually help all students in free time, and make sure enough time is given when questions are asked in class so all students have enough time to come up with an answer. Although these small changes may seem like they will not have that much of an effect on equalizing opportunity in the classroom, over time students will feel much more comfortable in their
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