SOSC 1185 Lecture Notes - Lecture 12: John Stuart Mill, Mary Wollstonecraft, Hidden Curriculum

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Education and Gendering Notes
1. Formal education has rarely been egalitarian
2. Selected groups were upper class and men who got to receive higher
3. Production of knowledge was reserved for the selected few
4. Need to look at who is in control and who gets to make decisions in
formal education
5. Links b/w education and family, state, economy in conjunction of the
state, in the 1930 developed an ideal of the adult male breadwinner
6. Children like women were seen as competitive b/c there aren’t enough
wages to go around
7. Owners of production want as much as they can get and develops
competition with wages
8. To eliminate competition, children were put into school to learn how to
earn wages through state mandated laws, useful in the expansion
9. and policies and general ideology has been shaped by social and
economic oppression as well as class
10.Over the years formal education has produced and reproduced…
ensuring they didn’t have equitable access to resources and have many
opportunities to learn and resisted them from participating in a wage
controlled society
11.Systematic, micro level approach would ignore the fact that not everyone
lives in an equitable society and gains equal approach
12.Boys get both the informal and formal education through the hidden
curriculum about have the “tough guise” from sports teams
13.Same with girls, learn a lot of ideals about the dominant ideologies
around femininity
14.Flip side – education is a power site for social change
If yes women should be educated, how should they be educated – like
men? For the same purposes as men? In the same place as men?
Plato: really stated that upper class should be educated, and said some
women could be educated women and they were classified as honorary
women, have to conform to the male masculine version of the education
Aristotle: advanced a sex polarity theory: seeing sexes as binary, saw
men superior to women, women where not as wise on men and would be
oWomen were excluded from institutions of higher education due to
the required reading of Aristotle until the 1800s
Russo – was alive when production of written work was becoming more
available, writing was widely read and known, wrote a book of Emil, about
how to educate children to the standard of the state; followed Aristotle’s
view, women were complementary, subordinate to men (1700s)
oStart to see more activists to allow education for women
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