Sexism

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  • The attitudes and beliefs of individuals as they relate to a person's gender. These beliefs and attitudes influence behaviors toward others and, in the educational setting, result in practices that are not gender fair. Examples of such practices include traditional role models in teaching, including women as elementary teachers and men as math and social science teachers; few women occupying leadership positions in education; certain courses being thought of as gender specific, such as home economics for females only and shop and agriculture classes for males only; students not encouraged to explore career and vocational paths viewed as nontraditional for their gender; and textbooks that do not depict an equal number of stories with male and female characters. Sexism generally means that an individual is ...

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