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Update: School Reform's Nagging Sexism Problem

Image020#dianeravitch     I've written several times in the past about underlying sexism that I think has been part of the debate over school reform in recent years, including during the 2008 debate over Linda Darling-Hammond's role in the Obama administration. At times I've felt like the treatment of Randi Weingarten has been sexist or even homophobic.  It's possible that Michelle Rhee's supporters would be able to point to moments where her critics have gone below the belt, so to speak.  And I know that there are education leaders out there who feel like there are issues of racism at play within education reform circles, but I'll leave that for another time.  The issue of sexism comes up again in a recent Dana Goldstein post linked to by Sherman Dorn (Old-fashioned alt-academic careers ), and implicitly in a Mike Petrilli critique of Kevin Carey's TNR article about Diane Ravitch (What Kevin Carey didn’t say about Diane Ravitch, but should have). So the question stands:  are female leaders of the education debate treated unfairly, or even just differently, than its male leaders?  My sense is yes, at times, critics go further with verbal criticism of women, reaching beyond substantive discussion or issues of character or motivation and into personal lives.  Then again, it is a woman -- Ravitch herself -- who has been going around for years now calling Arne Duncan "Margaret Spellings in drag," a description that seemed meant to emasculate Duncan.  


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Prof.Dr.Gopal paudyal encourages interdisciplinary study through his classroom practices. His knowledge bases in British culture; cultural studies; and educate about Nepalese culture; are always incorporated into his lectures and presentations. While his courses are demanding in Zimbabwe, his demeanour understands. He inspired my dissertation topic and is honouring me with her presence on my committee. Thanks, Margit Mari Harare

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