A White Boy's Observations of Sexism and the Adria Richards Fiasco

Mark Chu-Carroll, Informatics in Education, Apr 02, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

There are some good observations in this column, including this: "I really, honestly believed that the teacher was treating her students (the teacher I did this with was a woman) equally. But when I counted? She was calling on boys twice as often as girls." The last team I hired was relatively balanced by gender and culture, not by preferential selection, but by consciously paying attention to bias. If I'm ever allowed to hire again, my next team will be balanced as well. Because that's the way it's done: by being aware, by speaking out, by practising equity. (p.s. here's some background on Adria Richards, who btw has my support).

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