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Spring 1973


Martha Batten was beginning her sixth year of elementary school teaching when she first came into her combined fifth and sixth grade class at the Wildwood School in Amherst, Massachusetts, in the fall of 1971. Ms. Batten spoke with us about her experiences teaching and learning with this group, and described the ways in which her own changing awareness about sexism and sexroles led her to focus and design classwork. Although she found that peer group and other pressures to conform to stereotyped roles were tremendously difficult to break through, she was able to devise lessons and to grope towards ways of talking about sex-role issues with her students, sometimes with startling and delightful results.



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