ERIC Number: ED371264
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Aug-24
Secrets in Full View: Sexual Harassment in Our K-12 Schools.
Sexual harassment can range from touching, tickling, pinching, patting, or grabbing; to comments about one's body; to sexual remarks, innuendoes, and jokes that cause discomfort; to obscene gestures, staring, or leering; to assault and rape. This paper addresses student testimonies of harassment, provides a profile of harassment behaviors, and offers solutions to the problem. To lessen sexual harassment in schools, teachers and administrators must transform the broader school culture. Dealing effectively with sexual harassment requires schools to infuse both a spirit of equity and a critique of injustice into their curriculums and pedagogy. Harassment flourishes where children are practiced in the art of doing nothing in the face of unjust treatment by others. If youngsters have not been encouraged to critique the sexism of the curriculum, hidden and overt, then they are less likely to recognize sexism when it confronts them on a daily basis. Students need to be involved in decisions about school policy, environment, and curriculum. Only in conjunction with efforts to reduce other practices that promote and institutionalize inequalities in schools, such as tracking, standardized testing, biased curricula, and classroom practices and pedagogies, will U.S. schools become safe and conducive learning environments for all students. (RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (101st, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 20-24, 1993).