[This article has been adapted from the introduction to High School Feminist Studies, available from The Feminist Press for $5 plus 50¢ postage.]
The high school years are critical for the future of females and males alike, not only for what they enable students to understand about human relations between women and men and among members of families, but also for what they enable students to envision of the world of work. For many students, these are the last years of required schooling, the years preceding important choices: marriage, vocation or college. Half don't or can't choose college; and a larger proportion of the talented who don't go on are women. Who controls these choices? What influence could or should the high school curriculum have on those students?