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I was reading an article about Sally Ride in the Smithsonian. She goes around to schools and preaches for women's involvement in the sciences. She claims that so many girls are still told they cannot be scientists, that girls are discouraged, that they don't know they have these options. She uses Lawrence Summers comment (that girls in general are not as interested in math/science) to say that these men claim girls cannot do math and sciences.
I don't know where she is visiting, or if she asks leading questions to get these results, but I have never seen a girl discouraged from math and sciences. Textbooks go out of their way to show girls in these positions, programs in schools promote girls in these subjects, and teachers routinely treat girls as better students. I think Sally Ride is seeing and hearing what she wants to, or many of these girls have learned to spin a good tale for attention. I doubt there are many schools which discourage girls from going in the sciences.
I have a student in my Professional Practice class who is in her 30's. She went to Clarkson for engineering because that is what everyone told her she should do since she was so good at math and science. After working as an engineer, and staying at home with her youngest child who was disabled, she has decided to go back to school to work with animals, which is what she wanted to do all along. Apparently, some girls are pushed to do math/sciences even when they don't wish to. Not that this means everyone is like this, but it is a counter example.
I have seen boys treated with major annoyance, impatience and distain. I have seen boys shunted into the BOCES programs instead of being tutored. While there is nothing wrong with BOCES for a lot of kids, it is a program which limits your ability to go to a really good college. I do not see girls being pushed into that choice.
Our school has excellent male teachers, at one (out of two) per most grade levels, and many specialty teachers (art, ag, computers) are male as well. This is why we keep our kids in school. If it were 90% female we would be homeschooling.
What planet do you live on? It's true that poverty is a large cause of support nonpayment, but do you have any idea how many (wo)men do not work so they don't have to pay child support? Yes, they find someone they can leech off of and dodge their responsibilities. Most of these people were never married to the other parent, but the ones who were usually didn't support the kids when they lived with them either. And a lot of parents don't get support because the other parent CANNOT pay because s/he is incarcerated.
And how many men really want primary custody of children? Think about it: if the kids are living with you, you're actually going to have to take care of them BY YOURSELF. Boo hoo, cry me a river. There are A LOT of men who go into marriage intending to treat their wives poorly after the children arrive so they will be divorced dads, not real fathers.
Weird thing is, these are the men who are most surprised when the marriages fail and the children want nothing to do with them.
There are A LOT of men who go into marriage intending to treat their wives poorly after the children arrive so they will be divorced dads, not real fathers.
Quote from: "Christiane"And you're dead wrong about the testing, tb.
They do blood tests for HIV where she is. She is dealing with orphans whose parents are dead of HIV.
Hmm... so something like this article states?
100 infants were tested in 2005, apparently. And now they've got that number up to 500 for 2006.
Quote from: "Christiane"........ three? :?
umm . . . overkill?
Getting back on topic . . .
Quote from: "Christiane"Damn Selkie.... This is hard work.
It is suppost to be. :lol: