All in our places: feminist challenges in elementary school by Carla Washburne Rensenbrink

By Carla Washburne Rensenbrink

Via its wealthy and soaking up case reports, this publication portrays 3 common study rooms from a feminist point of view. those study rooms reveal to readers the complexity of concerns that academics face over the demanding situations of gender and identification concerns. existence tales of the 3 lecturers, who're all feminists, improve the research and current diversified views. One instructor is white, one is African American, and one is a lesbian who has pop out to her scholars and co-workers. in several methods the 3 academics face the demanding situations of educating, setting up ideas, constructing relationships, and dealing to rework the curriculum. Their study rooms offer a context for the rethinking of up to date concerns, advanced academic difficulties, and promising principles for educating perform. either skilled academics and pupil lecturers will locate those experiences assets for mirrored image and notion.

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I tried to keep multiple perspectives in mind, but perhaps the hardest thing for me was to recognize how sometimes I did not see what was perfectly plain to someone else or failed to make room for another perspective. Talking with the teachers and getting feedback from friends and colleagues have helped me fill in some gaps, see a little more deeply, be more conscious of how my own perspective can blind me to certain things. In this book I will show some of the things I missed or misunderstood and how I came back to them later and saw them differently—in hopes of presenting an ever-broadening perspective.

They put in long hours. Then,their daughter became a first grade teacher in a nearby town. Gradually, their tune changed. They became sympathetic and respectful. They would ask how things were going next door. When we came in to grab a bite between school and a meeting, they would say, ‘‘Here you go, Teach. ” You have to be very close, I think, to a person who is an elementary school teacher in order to have an inkling of the demands of the job. Elementary school teaching, like other forms of “women's work,” is devalued and made invisible in this culture.

Cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0–8476–9478–X(alk. paper)—ISBN 0–8476–9479–8(pbk. : alk. paper) 1. Sexism in education—United States. 2. Women teachers—United States—Social conditions. 3. 4. Education (Elementary)—Social aspects—United States. Title: Feminist challenges in elementary school classrooms. II. Title. 48–1992. Page v for Lucy, Marcia, Rosemary Page vi Page vii Contents Preface ix 1. Feminism and Teaching12. Lucy: A Search for Self-Definition 213. Rosemary: Finding a Political Voice674.

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