"This would be more meaningful if there was an opportunity for the teacher to respond. Did the teacher know the daughter was being harassed? Did it happen in class or was it online harassment (or otherwise outside the teacher's purview)? Did the daughter tell the teacher what was happening?
What happened to the daughter is terrible, but a little more information is needed before the teacher is roundly castigated."
Most of us remind others of specific tech conferences we've attended when we feel that the education system is failing our children.
I suggested that she talk to you. I offered to talk to you. I offered to come talk to the class. I offered to send one of my male friends, perhaps a well-known local programmer, to go talk to the class. Finally, my daughter decided to plow through, finish the class, and avoid all her classmates.
Do you expect girls to come tell you when they are being harassed? Well, don't count on it. Instead, they pull away, get depressed, or drop out completely, just like they do in IT careers. You want to know what happens when women speak up about verbal abuse or report harassment? Backlash, and it's ugly.
Well, no. If they hadn't behaved shittily, she didn't have to make the choice to either continue and fight their behaviour or drop out and not be bothered anymore.
So now you're saying she did have more than one choice.
Rikki Endsley started her career in IT as the managing editor of Sys Admin magazine. She moved on to become managing editor and then associate publisher of Linux Pro Magazine and ADMIN magazine, and editor in chief of Ubuntu User magazine. In addition to her current role as the community manager for the USENIX Association and managing editor of ;login:, Rikki writes for a variety of tech publications.
Lakeside was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I'm happy to be here to say a few words about my time at Lakeside, and why it’s so important to support the vision that Lakeside's faculty, staff, and alumni have spent the past five years developing.
One reason I'm so grateful to Lakeside is that I can directly trace the founding of Microsoft back to my earliest days here.
When I came here as a 7th grader in the late 1960s, there were a number of faculty members who worked together to get a computer terminal on the campus.
Of course, computers were totally new to everyone here—faculty as well as students. In one early development, one of the teachers burned up 200 dollars of computer time in a few minutes by accidentally running an infinite loop.
That made computers seem pretty scary to some people here—especially when 13-year-old kids were eager to try their luck next.
The school could have shut down the terminal, or they could have tightly regulated who got to use it. Instead, they opened it up. Instead of teaching us about computers in the conventional sense, Lakeside just unleashed us.
The experience and insight Paul Allen and I gained here gave us the confidence to start a company based on this wild idea that nobody else agreed with—that computer chips were going to become so powerful that computers and software would become a tool that would be on every desk and in every home.
While Jobs has always been an intelligent and innovative thinker, his youth was riddled with frustrations over formal schooling. A prankster in elementary school, Jobs's fourth-grade teacher needed to bribe him to study. Jobs tested so well, however, that administrators wanted to skip him ahead to high school—a proposal that his parents declined.
Is that really your only takeaway from this post? It's a letter to a teacher that says, "You're teaching a subject that's traditionally male-dominated for no good reason other than it's male-dominated and when you do have a female student it might be a good idea to active steps to avoid her being driven out as well." What does it have to do with your feelings?
How in the world can a male possibly have a valid opinion if the "but you didn't mention the sammich" just gets thrown in his face.
Huh? You're making logic leaps that just aren't there.
What do you see as the other side of the conversation?
Stopping everything to change everyone's diaper before we can have adult conversations isn't productive.
I spent 16 years raising a daughter who had all the tools and encouragement she needed to explore computer programming as a career
As I said, my daughter is in India for a year, so she didn’t see this article until Wednesday, September 11. I wasn’t sure how she’d feel about me sharing her story and all the attention it received. Luckily, my daughter thanked me for writing about her experience. I asked her whether she had any corrections for the article. “Um, maybe tell them that I did actually talk to the teacher and I tried to tell the guys to quit being jerks,” she said. “He told the principal, and it was really embarrassing, which is probably why I didn’t tell you. And I gave up after that,” she explained. My daughter said that, after bringing the problem to the teacher’s attention several times, she finally asked him whether she could talk to the entire class about sexual harassment, he told her he’d think about it, and that’s when he reported the situation to the principal. “And a couple days later I was in the principal’s office being explained to that it wasn’t my place to do that, and I just mumbled answers to get out of there as soon as possible because I was really, really embarrassed and fighting back tears.” Before my daughter signed off our online chat, she asked me why I wrote about her story now. I told her about Alexandra, the nine-year-old girl who presented her app at the TechCrunch Disrupt hackathon, and the titstare app developers who shared the same stage. “Well, I’m sorry that crap happened … to both of us,” she said. I am, too.
“And a couple days later I was in the principal’s office being explained to that it wasn’t my place to do that, and I just mumbled answers to get out of there as soon as possible because I was really, really embarrassed and fighting back tears.”
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