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Fit to Teach: Same-Sex Desire, Gender, and School Work in the Twentieth Century


reviewed by Susan Birden 2006

coverTitle: Fit to Teach: Same-Sex Desire, Gender, and School Work in the Twentieth Century
Author(s): Jackie M. Blount
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791462676, Pages: 229, Year: 2005
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Jackie M. Blount’s Fit to Teach:  Same-Sex Desire, Gender, and School Work in the Twentieth Century is a well-researched account of the contributions and struggles of some of the women and men in this country who have founded schools, inspired students, administered districts, and sustained institutions of promise.  Among those women and men were those who desired others of the same-sex or otherwise transgressed traditional gender bounds.  Blount follows the twentieth century policy debates among school officials, psychologists, and an array of others who wielded the wedge issues of gender and sexual orientation in discussions about who should serve as teachers and administrators for our nation’s children, who is “fit” to teach.   The text explores the numerous instances in which the theoretical stances of school districts and their actual employment practices have led to philosophically incoherent positions:  schools have both nurtured and sought to contain transgressions of gender and sexual... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 126-128
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11883, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 9:24:16 AM

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  • Susan Birden
    SUNY- Buffalo State College
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    SUSAN BIRDEN is Assistant Professor in Educational Foundations at SUNY- Buffalo State College. She is the author of Rethinking Sexual Identity in Education, published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2005.
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