What Happens When You Teach Stereotypes Instead of Kids?
Today the ACLU filed a lawsuit challenging this discriminatory program. We are representing a mother and her three daughters currently enrolled at Vandy. The three girls are suing the Wood County School Board because their 6th grade year was torturous for them.
• One girl has attention-deficit disorder and has trouble sitting still in class.. Her punishment? Being sent to the boys’ classroom, where she is required to sit still and face the wall while the boys roam freely around the room!
• Another girl is legally blind and has difficulty reading in the dimly lit classroom; she requested brighter lights and the teacher told her to sit by the window.
• And a third girl learns best by reading and writing things down; however, when she asked for more time to take notes and copy slide presentations, she was told that girls learn best through auditory rather than visual input.
These girls are being unfairly deprived of equal educational opportunities because they do not conform to gender-based stereotypes.
Through our lawsuit, we hope to halt this discriminatory program and bring public attention to the harms caused by sex stereotyping and unjustified separation. No child fits all the stereotypes about his or her sex, and teaching kids as if they did is simply wrong.
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