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Jane Roland Martin •women's way of knowing might be radically different from a man •a woman's hierarchy of values might be distinct from a man's and the previous ways of understanding persons, might be seriously biased in favor of males against females •goes back in history and talks about how women were largely ignored (artists-cause they were painting like decorations, not serious paintings, philosophers- just cause they are women) •connects with Plato and Rousseau •to be educated is to engage in conversations that stretches back in time, that enables students to converse with previous scholars (they get to learn what it is to be a person) •feeling of openness and access. •NO education is about being stuck in a building and trained in basic skills/learning of the important elements •don't have an ordinary conversation where everyone has the same vantage point where everyone will be saying the same old things, instead of learning from one another...just reaffirm our beliefs Reclaiming a conversation: the ideal of the educated woman •in popular works, there are no questions about gender, by having theorists talk about the concept of education, discuss the nature and structure of liberal education, construct theories of teaching and learning, without the difference of sex •but Plato and then Rousseau first wrote about the education of women •Plato: female guardians •Rousseau: Sophie •both: women's lives and experiences are devalued •Mary Wollstonecraft and Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote about a theory of education and how women should be educated •Adrienne Rich points out that women continue to RECEIVE an education is a concern •she wants women to CLAIM not RECEIVE an education •difference b/w receive and claim: like the difference b/w life and death: •she describes what women's lives can and should be •urged women to take not just the manner of learning but the actual content of the learning •how men are in history ideally, not the women (when one says great issues/major texts, it is mainly including men, white men •even if in history, they are talking about female education, they are only women mostly •philosophy of education is pressing its traditional questions on virtue, validity, value, and veracity •she says these questions must be pressed in relation to education of females •Adrienne Rich denies the typical female stereotypes of weakness, self-denial, and subservience •need to take responsibility for their own education •don't fall for shallow and easy solutions •eg: don't marry early just to escape from real decisions, getting pregnant as an evasion of already existing problems, bluffing at school and life instead of doing solid work, simplifying books and ideas, and not taking challenging courses... •this means they will refuse to sell their talents and aspirations, just so they can simply avoid with conflict and confrontation...just to get easy with who denies their inte
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