research: student evaluations are better and predicting gender bias and grade expectations (from @insidehighered)

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The latter we’ve all known for a long time. The former is repeatedly confirmed in research. Certainly something to remember for the new “TEF”. From insidehighered: There’s mounting evidence suggesting that student evaluations of teaching are unreliable. But are these evaluations, commonly referred to as SET, so bad that they’re actually better at gauging students’ gender bias and grade expectations […]

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#inhaste: America has an overeducation problem

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On New Republic: With all the promises about reducing the cost of attending college, the candidates have paid little attention to the job market conditions for university graduates. A sizable majority of Americans and all the candidates share the belief that a university degree is a valuable investment and government ought to do what it can to help as many people […]

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Half of girls believe science and maths are ‘too difficult’

Also they are probably worried about being so very #distractinglysexy. Biology is the most popular science subject among both girls and young women, while physics is the least popular, according a survey which raises fresh concerns about gender stereotypes in academia. The study by Accenture, which explores how to attract more women into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers, […]

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How sexism in schools is ‘exhausting’ young women

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I’m fifteen years old, currently studying for my GCSEs and I feel that sexism in schools is a massive issue. The last thing I want to hear when walking into school on a Monday morning are rape ‘jokes’ and go-back-to-the-kitchen ‘jokes’. Many girls who openly support feminism are automatically shunned to the ‘feminazi’ corner, and if you ever say anything […]

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#todayin: sexism: young children must be protected from ingrained gender stereotypes

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The piece below (from Laura Bates on the Guardian) shows a few examples of the everyday sexism that feeds into children’s education – “One [parent] referenced their son’s physics homework, which used examples of men pushing vans, lifting weights, climbing trees and shooting arrows. The sole female example was a woman pushing a pram. […] Numerous questions involved men doing […]

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Today in terrifying: How Scientologists Are Sneaking Their Way into Schools to Spread Their Propaganda

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Not sure which scares me the most: Scientologists or flesh-eating snake-rat-mice-spiders. By its own estimate, Foundation for a Drug Free World, an education non-profit, has visited at least 20 percent of New York City’s schools, public and private. That’s over 14,000 children, it says, mainly in disadvantaged schools in outer boroughs. Drug Free World has won accolades from the City […]

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The Hidden Curriculum in Evangelism: Patriarchy

This isn’t an issue that I’ve read a great deal about. Certainly in Britain (and perhaps the rest of Europe), there is not a lot of evangelism on campus. Below is a guest post on about the real interests behind such a movement on campus: patriarchy and the subordination of women. It’s ironic, then, that it seems to be […]

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“[…] What does offend me is the fact that we think it’s acceptable…

[…] What does offend me is the fact that we think it’s acceptable to use someone’s level of education and their perceived social class as insults. These comments – comments making assumptions about socioeconomic status, comments telling me that choosing the wrong words, the “common” words, devalues my writing – are incredibly classist. They operate on the assumption that only […]

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Sunday feminist roundup (5th January 2014)

The feminists are taking over.

It’s a relatively short one because I’ve been doing a lot of quick hits lately. Here’s what else I’ve been reading. Male birth control pill and entrenched gender roles (christinedecleene) How To Be A Teenage Feminist (dietofbrokenbiscuits) “I can’t think of any high profile white UK feminist who has “rejected” intersectionality” (redlightpolitics) The Weird Reason Women Might Not Be Performing […]

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#todayin: sexism: dressing for the occasion (dress codes imposed on girls)

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Excellent post. On aworldworthchanging: Clothing policies are everywhere. Whether they are rooted in tradition, are for practical purposes or to give off a particular impression, many workplaces have a specific uniform, you are expected to not wear white to a wedding (unless you’re the bride), black is for funerals and you shouldn’t turn up to an important meeting with your […]

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Children learn sexism at school – so that's where we should begin to fight it

On theguardian: High-profile cases in Rochdale and recent reports into gangs suggest that the sort of girls who are harrassed and abused are weak and friendless, girls whose chaotic homes lives leave them vulnerable. Yet, while law-abiding parents are reading these stories as if they are missives from Mars, harassment and sexism has become an everyday reality for their daughters. […]

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Dpt. Business, Innovation and Skills blew its budget, and now the entire higher education sector will have to pay

Wonderful to wake up to this on a Saturday morning when you have a full weekend of higher-education related work ahead of you. If this wasn’t so potentially catastrophic, it would be hilarious, right? No? Anyone? Of course, no one saw this coming (the deficit that could accrue from student loans). No, everyone in the business that thought that idea was […]

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