Publication Citation

2 (1) IUSTITIA 29 (1974)


The educational establishment is now reflecting the concerns of womanhood. Grudgingly, and even painfully, it seems to some, the large and complicated system of formal education acknowledges the existence of practices which are sexist both in conception and operation. At one level this sexism is directed, at many levels of awareness, toward the functionaries of the system. The economic oppression of teachers, who are mostly female, is an obvious expression of the phenomenon. Another benchmark is the limited career development opportunities available to women as educational managers and academics.

At yet another level, not the less dangerous for being more subtle, is the sexism directed toward the children and youth in its charge. It is this manifestation of sexism, the concepts and beliefs, the attitudes and practices about and toward children that result in sex-role stereotyping and discrimination, that is our primary concern and the major subje"t of this analysis.