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Volume 2, Issue 3 (1973)

The Effects of Sexism on the Classification of Children With Learning Disability

pp. 44—46

This paper explores some of the possible effects of sexist attitudes upon the detection arld classification of learning disabled children. It is suggested that rigid sexist ideas about appropriate sex-role behaviors and attributes, and the relative value of both sexes, bias the detection/referral/evaluation process toward the classification of far greater numbers of boys than girls. This discrepant boy/girl ratio can adversely affect both sexes by neglecting and overlooking learning disabled girls, and by penalizing individual boys because they do not fit into a rigid academic timetable or because they need more physical activity than the traditional classroom permits.

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