Gender equality is a broad topic with many different angles that can be examined. For my part in
this project I chose to research the changing perspective on gender inequalities in schools. I
wanted to find out what people really felt about the fairness of their education, and whether they
really felt they had been shortchanged in the learning process because of their sex. My results
were generally what I had expected to find, though there were a few interesting findings along the
way. I used an article from Education Week entitled, "The Silent Gender Gap", An empirical
research project conducted by Molly Weinburgh of Georgia State University, and I conducted my
own research by using surveys and interviewing people about what they remember from their days
in the public schools.
I wanted to answer the question as to whether or not gender really played a role in the
equality of people's education. I expected to find that the further back through time I looked, the
more evidence I would find of there being a general sentiment toward the belief that males were
favored in the classroom. This favoritism I expected to be greater and have a larger impact the
further back through time I went with my interviews. However, I expected that in more recent
times the pendulum of educational inequalities would have swung hard the other way, giving the
females a clear advantage. In the end I was right, to an extent.
I conducted interviews with or received surveys back from forty-eight people ranging in
age, background, and geographic region of where they attended high school. Six of these people
graduated high school between 1945 and 1955, twenty-four graduated ...
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...an students, a possible explanation for the differing views
from the same time period.
When looking at the results, we see that the hypothesis was overall correct. The trend has
been for the girls to be treated progressively better while the boys advantage has slipped away.
However gender inequality does still exist in schools to differing degrees, even if the offended
party has changed. Interestingly enough, against the hypothesis, the oldest group we looked at
were not concerned over gender inequalities, maybe this something we can learn from and focus
our attention on some bigger issues. Also, Molly Weinburgh's research found gender to be the
least predictive of a student's scholastic success. On a final note, it is important to keep in mind
that this is the schools we have looked at, the glass ceiling of the work place still must be
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