Day: 2011-09-06

Where are the women political bloggers? redux

None of the various proposals to ameliorate these well-documented patterns of hostility and condescension online address the basic disconnect that is rooted in persistent gender stereotypes: that what many women see as being fundamentally political issues are simply not acknowledged as part of “politics” by the mainstream – they’re supposedly just personal problems.

Education and exams

When one particular question on an exam paper is literally incomprehensible for the whole class when they compare notes afterwards – not just one or two students, but every single one of them agreed that they had no idea what the jargon used in the question even meant – is it the students’ problem that nobody understands the question, or is it the teacher’s problem that nobody understood the question?