The Feminist Classroom

reviewed by Linda Eisenmann - 1996

coverTitle: The Feminist Classroom
Author(s): Frances A. Maher, Mary Kay Thompson Tetrault
Publisher: Basic Books, New York
ISBN: 0465023541, Pages: 320, Year: 1996
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The Feminist Classroom opens with a powerful image from poet Adrienne Rich: “When those who have the power to name and to socially construct reality choose not to see you or hear you, whether you are dark-skinned, old, disabled, female, or speak with a different accent or dialect than theirs,” Rich says; “when someone with the authority of a teacher, say, describes the world and you are not in it, there is a moment of psychic disequilibrium, as if you looked into a mirror and saw nothing” (p.1). Frances Maher and Mary Kay Tetreault seek to restore psychic equilibrium to students in classrooms. They urge teachers to pick up the blank mirror, hold it steady, and tilt it slowly until each student in the room locates her or his accurate reflection. But consider what happens when several people simultaneously try to see their reflections in a mirror. Only the closest get... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 97 Number 3, 1996, p. 492-494 ID Number: 1446, Date Accessed: 9/20/2020 5:30:47 PM

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