Emily's Reviews > Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self Esteem, and the Confidence Gap

Schoolgirls by Peggy Orenstein
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Jan 28, 2008

really liked it
Recommended for: everyone; parents, feminists, women
Read in October, 2008

This was a slow read for me, but it needn't have been. It's easy to read, and very interesting. I wanted to take time to digest what I was reading. Ms. Orenstein follows several middle school girls of different races and different socio-economic backgrounds through a few years. She observes different teaching styles and the school childrens' reactions to them. We end the book with a portrait of a teacher doing a great job of profiling women and minorities in history. It gives me hope that our education system can change, and that the 'hidden curriculum' can be changed.

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