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ERIC Number: ED104980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 9
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Sex Role Stereotyping in Textbooks: Where to Go from Here.
Kram, Judith
Action must be taken to eliminate sex-role stereotyping. Elementary school textbooks are tracking children into narrowly defined sex roles which are demeaning to girls and detrimental to both girls and boys. The first step is to research the material currently in use in order to collect specific illustrations with which to arm oneself. The next step is to publicize these findings. The media is a useful tool for communicating the problem and for recruiting support. Contact businesses, urging them to sponsor a program on the subject. From here a simultaneous, multistrategic approach is suggested. Concerned individuals and organizations must pressure legislatures and boards of education to prohibit the use of sex-role stereotypical material in the public schools. You should also meet with the textbook selection officials. School systems can refuse to buy material which does not meet guidelines. Work closely with textbook publishing companies. The current trend away from the use of textbooks is a significant development. For several years feminists have been writing children's books which can be used in individualized reading programs. These same books can be used outside the classroom. Speak to both the school and local librarians. Finally, contact the women's organizations in your area. Some sources of information are listed in the bibliography. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Guides - General
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