Friday, February 17, 2006

Who's the Scientist?

This is the greatest thing I've seen in a while. A group of 7th graders visited Fermilab and made before-and-after descriptions and drawings of their image of scientists.

This is real progress, folks.

(Thanks, Betsy!)

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Progress? I'm not so sure. Not one single boy drew a female scientist.

Anonymous said...

It's an interesting observation, but it seems like the kids would draw the person they identified with the most.. and it's not suprising that most kids would identify with someone of their gender.

Anonymous said...

> Anonymous said...
>
> It's an interesting
> observation, but it seems like the
> kids would draw the person they
> identified with the most.. and
> it's not suprising that most kids
> would identify with someone of
> their gender.

No, they would draw whom they see as the type of person that represents the field.

From the above two posts it would follow that no girls were in the visiting group of children which I find hard to believe.

Anonymous said...

I don't follow the logic in post 3, since some of the drawings were of women.

Before the trip, almost every kid drew a stereotype. After the trip, almost all the girls drew a woman they met and all the boys drew a man they met. Even in the abscence of sexism, I'd bet that almost all boys would draw men and almost all girls would draw women.

Winter said...

Yes, but did any of them have white disheveled hair and a clipboard?