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Old July 8th, 2001, 12:22 PM   #20
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Hi squiddy! I've watched and participated in workshops like the ones you describe, and one of the most interesting that I remember was held at a community college. The initial topic was "classroom assertion," but the focus shifted quickly to fathers of girls/women. The panel was composed of young women ages 18-20, some of whom could not function in classrooms because they felt intimidated, and others of whom were so assertive that they couldn't understand why other female students did not just speak up. Each told stories of their father, and what we learned loud and clear was that those with fathers who had encouraged free exchange between themselves and their daughter raised assertive, confident women. Those fathers who were distant or played the role of disciplinarian only or were just plain absent, raised daughters who feared all authoritarian situations.

And my career? I teach. LOL
We must travel in the direction of our fear. --John Berryman
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