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Should I teach this class or no?

Discussion in 'Too Hot for Swamp Gas' started by swampbabe, Jun 4, 2022.

  1. swampbabe

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    I have been asked to teach one section of Womens’ Studies this coming year. The person that used to teach it left and they’re afraid to give it to a new teacher. I have no real clue except it looks basically like a womens history class, no big deal.

    It’s my call but with the current political climate I’m a bit hesitant. The head honcho of Moms for Liberty is here in Brevard county. I would have every parent sign a curriculum guide/syllabus to cover my own behind.
     
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  2. channingcrowderhungry

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    I dunno but I'm reminded of a quote from the movie How High

    "How did I fail Women's Studies? I love B&$*@s"
     
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  3. danmann65

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    Can you talk to anyone who teaches it at another high school or maybe the person who taught it last year. I know nothing about the issues here. Talking to people who have seems like a good place to start.
     
  4. CaptUSMCNole

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    So are we talking about a course that covers significant women through history like Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, Queen Elisabeth I, Catherine the Great, Queen Victoria, etc and how their achievements impacted and help shape history?

    I think you should be OK as long as the cut off is around the 1920’s. The closer you get to present day the more contentious things get. I don’t think you want to start getting into Margret Sanger.
     
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  5. swampbabe

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    You can’t cut womens’ history off in 1920, good grief. There are curriculum standards that are pretty clear. History, contributions, that kind of thing.
     
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  6. tampagtr

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    Understand your hesitancy. There is a risk. OTOH, if you got into the aftermath of Seneca Falls and the split over the 15th Amendment, they might like the tone, see it (falsely, to mind), as undermining CRT
     
  7. BigCypressGator1981

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    I hope you do just based on what I know about you.
     
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  8. swampbabe

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    Thanks, I’d really like to put it in the hands of students, let them research according to their own interests.
     
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  9. CaptUSMCNole

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    It depends on how the class is described. If it is Women in History from Rome to WWI, then stopping prior 1920 makes sense. If you are saying it is women in history up to present day, then you might get some blowback. Do you really want to be getting into what Hillary Clinton’s role is in history?
     
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  10. swampbabe

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    Nah, it’s just womens’ studies. It encompasses history, contributions, that kind of thing. Think Mae Jemison, Golda Meir
     
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  11. CaptUSMCNole

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    I think you may get some push back if you get into women in politics from ‘88 onward as most parents have lived through that time and have formed their own opinions about them. Obviously, anything dealing with Roe v Wade is going to stir up some passions. I think as long as you cover what both sides think, you will have your bases covered.
     
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  12. vaxcardinal

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    So like a 1 hour class :ninja2:
     
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  13. cocodrilo

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    Why don't people like Moms for Liberty just home school their kids if they don't want the guvment getting its dirty hands on them?
     
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  14. carpeveritas

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    I was asked on many occasions to coach sports that my daughters played. I did it for my sons but never for my daughters. My concern with my daughters is all it would take to destroy my life and family is one complaint. For that reason I declined every time.

    I assume the class is open to everyone and not just women. In any case it's your call whether or not it might have detrimental effects on your career is a decision only you can make.
     
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  15. swampbabe

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    It’s a one semester elective open to anyone. I think they want me to do it because I understand the politics of it and besides, it’s my last year. 41 years in the classroom.
     
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  16. pkaib01

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    Current environment aside, I think the students can benefit from your thoughtful and giving approach to issues. You may also gather some perspectives that may be shared when discussing current world events.
     
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  17. Kirby

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    Will the first question on the first quiz be “Can you define what is a woman?”
     
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  18. swampbabe

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    Don’t quit your day job
     
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  19. cocodrilo

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    I would start the class with a Q&A about Adam and Eve.

    Q: What did Adam say to God when he first laid eyes on Eve?

    A: "Lord, she's just what I had in mind."
     
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  20. GatorFanCF

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    Is this the equivalent response to "love it or leave it"? I don't have a clue about who Moms for Liberty is but I would think they have the right to express their opinions about public/government schools.
     
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