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Popular Science Is Called Women's Work
An article in
the April 27 edition of The New York Times looks at the
success of an all-girls school in Los Angeles to change the culture
of how girls view—and perform in—science. The Marlborough
School, a private school for grades 7-12, is establishing the expectation
that “in all ways the bar is high and that our girls can achieve
in all areas.” Driven by instructor Dr. Arleen Forsheit and
school head Barbara Wagner, “ninety percent of its 263 upper-school
students take more than the two full years of science required for
graduation, filling no less than eight physics classes and populating
a coveted seminar known as Honors Research,” reports the article.
"It's assumed every
girl will take math and science, not just the special ones,"
said Jessica Friedland, a 17-year-old senior from Los Angeles who
will enter Stanford in the fall. "It's always surprising to
people from other schools. You can see the shrugging of the shoulders,
the rolling of the eyes. I say, 'Why not take Physics…I was
never a good speller, anyway." To read the full story, go to
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Web Seminars Feature NASA Series; NSTA Press Authors Bill Robertson
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