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Comment by Michel on March 14, 2011 at 3:29pm
My best female teacher was Mme Dulong. She was teaching French Litterature and We got her for three years in a row. She was an fascinating storyteller and had the art of adding memorable details or trivia throughout her teachings. She's the one that opened my mind to the art of thinking.
Comment by Adriana on March 14, 2011 at 2:21pm
I had few female teachers in high school but significantly, my organic chemistry teacher and one of my physics teachers were male, both funny, with a strong personality. They were great role models for me. In college, i had a great female teacher, a population geneticist whom I am indebted to, she cracked the whip, but I learned a lot and increased my confidence.
Comment by Dave G on March 14, 2011 at 2:05pm
At my high school, we had one female teacher in the science department, and she taught the course on biology. She had a PhD in biology in addition to her teaching credentials (Yes, we called her Doctor) and not only did not avoid the teaching of evolution but had a six-week period set aside for the learning of evolution and genetic inheritance. (my favorite part of the course, as it was very math-based)

In southern Georgia, this was unusual. I do not recall any real upset amongst the class about this, not even in the contingent that regularly brought their bibles to school.

In the math department, probably 2/3 or 3/4 of the teachers were women, and math was their primary subject.

We did have one born-again evangelical science teach (he had a 'Jesus Saves' plaque bolted onto his briefcase which was almost always pointed at us so we could read it). He taught physical science and the only time I can recall his openly bringing up his beliefs in class was the day after a student shot himself at school, whereupon he commented on the kid's sinfulness and sent a couple students into crying fits. He was an ass. He was also 'encouraged to retire' a few years after I graduated after being caught sleeping with a cheerleader.
Comment by Michel on March 14, 2011 at 1:04pm
@doone - In high-school we had very few women teachers and NONE in science. And my math teachers were not math teachers at all, it was a second assignation for most of them. In science though, male teachers were excellent - they managed to give me a sense for more "exact" lnowledge.
Comment by Doone on March 14, 2011 at 10:44am

When Stereotypes Sink In

Jonah Lehrer cites numerous studies on how gender stereotyping may lower the number of women in math and science fields. In one study, students watched gender-neutral ads (cell phones, insurance) and ads featuring beautiful women extolling diet sodas:

Women exposed to the gender stereotyping ads were far less interested in anything quantitative. Instead, they were more than twice as likely to choose careers in the verbal and service industry, such as retail, sales and communication. The pattern was reversed, however, in the women who saw neutral ads. They were actually more interested in pursuing quantitative careers. All it took was the absence of a blatant stereotype to increase their interest in math. While I don’t expect television commercials to get better anytime soon – pop culture is full of persistent tropes – it turns out that we’ve got a fix for the negative effects of these stereotypes. The cure is female math teachers.

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Makeshift Bolivian Bridge of the Day: Bridges? Where we’re going there are no bridges, so we need to jury rig one out of fishing boats and planks of wood.

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Out Like A Lamb of the Day: The tsunami generated by the 2011 Sendai Earthquake arrives in Emeryville, CA, after crossing the Golden Gate Bridge.

 
 
 

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