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SSC Newspaper : June 2013
By Bernadette Chua T he road to gender equality in the workplace starts at school, according to feminist principal Dr Maree Herrett. The Santa Sabina head is challenging the conventional idea that girls and boys have 16 Strathfield Scene june 2013 education The Mars and Venus argument 'doesn't work in education' Equality starts in the classroom Wednesday 19 June 9.00am - 11:00am Please book: http://www.ssc.nsw.edu.au/enrolment/visit-us Santa Sabina College Independent Catholic School Co-Ed K-4, Girls 5-12 90 The Boulevarde Strathfield 2135 Ph: 9745 7030 |Email: email@example.com www.ssc.nsw.edu.au School Tour Discover the difference... distinct and separate educational needs. Dr Herrett believes middle-class schools like her own often allow girls to expect an easy passage from school into the workforce, instead of preparing them for life’s harsh realities. Dr Herrett doesn’t subscribe to the traditional educational practice based on gender difference, and is preparing to reveal the teaching of gender equality at a forthcoming seminar. She seems certain to spark a fascinating debate with a call to re-evaluate the roles of men and women. Her aim is to break down the way the sexes are categorised and look at the part men and women play in society today. “ We should be looking at gender relations,” she told the Strathfield Scene. “Too often, gender is seen as sex different, but it’s much more than that. For girls, there is the temptation at a middle-class school such as Santa Sabina to think they can have it all. I think girls need to understand that it isn’t quite like that once they are in the workforce. There are things they are going to have to fight for and challenge.” Dr Herrett’s research indicates that while the “Mars and Venus” argument is popular, it’s flawed when it comes to education. “At different times the pendulum has swung between ideas of girl- friendly schooling and boy- friendly schooling, to the detriment of the other sex,” she said. “ We need to focus on gender equality and this comes about through the quality of pedagogy and pastoral care, and the engagement of students.” Dr Herrett says there needs to be a curriculum offered that will complement both sexes. “It’s about sending that message through embedded education. I’m proud of having a feminist perspective. I’m not anti-male at all, but it’s about focusing on gender relations.” At different times the pendulum has swung between ideas Dr Maree Herrett Martial arts for Kids and adults 1st floor, 10-12 Parramatta Rd, Homebush. Opp imo Car Wash on George St, North Strathfield call now 9743 5757 oR 0412 851 302 www.tkdworld.com.au learn self defence Senior classes, High school and Group Training auSTRalia’S PRemieR Taekwondo club leaRn confidence diSciPline concenTRaTion niKe uniforM & 2 weeKs training free *conditions apply taeKwondo world Martial arts
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