The Miseducation of Women

The Miseducation of Women

by James Tooley
     
 

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Girls and boys are different. So why do our schools insist on treating them as identical? Bringing together many women's voices, from Bridget Jones to Simone de Beauvoir, Betty Friedan to Germaine Greer, Mr. Tooley challenges education's sacred cows, demanding a radical rethinking of sexual politics and a fairer way forward for women. "This book is...carefully wrought… See more details below

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Girls and boys are different. So why do our schools insist on treating them as identical? Bringing together many women's voices, from Bridget Jones to Simone de Beauvoir, Betty Friedan to Germaine Greer, Mr. Tooley challenges education's sacred cows, demanding a radical rethinking of sexual politics and a fairer way forward for women. "This book is...carefully wrought to engage readers who might be coming from very different directions."—Times Educational Supplement.

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EVENING STANDARD
A new and enthusiastic entrant into the [gender] debate takes the argument to a different, altogether more controversial level.
EVANGELICAL NOW
...Sensible and well-argued.
KLIATT
This book, written in England, is the latest in the modern cyclical trend of books about the role of women in the world. First there were the books written by Simone de Beauvoir and Betty Friedan, which made women aware of their limited options in the world and which "denigrated domesticity." That was followed by their impact in changing education policy so that boys and girls were treated equally and given a chance to excel in all areas. Tooley, a professor of education policy and writer in England, presents the argument that boys and girls are innately different and that girls have been forced to be like boys and women like men when they would be happier if they were permitted to do what comes naturally. He uses many examples from popular sources like Bridget Jones' Diary as well as academic ones to make his point that we should "celebrate" the gender gap. The book is well-written but filled with too many examples of unhappy career women and too few examples of happy and fulfilled professional women who have been given opportunities they wouldn't have had before the change in policy and are happy with their choices. KLIATT Codes: SA-Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Ivan R Dee, 258p. notes. bibliog. index., Ages 15 to adult.
— Nola Theiss

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461724445
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
07/21/2003
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,166,179
File size:
1 MB

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