School's 'Boys Only' Field Trip Teaches Discrimination at an Early Age

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No Girls Allowed
Did you know that there are "boy" movies and "girl" movies? No, I'm not talking about the "What's happening to your body?" education films, I'm talking about the regular old multiplex films like Star Wars. Which I, personally, have seen 50 times. But if I attended high school in Dallas, instead of just up I-35 in Oklahoma, I would not have been allowed to go on a field trip to see a movie of that nature because it would most likely be considered a boys-only adventure.

Even in 2012 5,700 Dallas area boys were taken to see Red Tails, the film about the African-American pilots, known as the Tuskegee Airmen, who fought in World War II. But the girls were not allowed on this particular -- and incredibly expensive -- field trip. You know, because girls aren't into history and stuff. Major fail, Dallas Independent School District. Major. 

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I would love to hear from some of the girls who were left behind on this day, yet allowed to watch Akeelah and the Bee if they so chose. While I'm sure there are some girls (and some boys, let's be honest) who have zero interest in seeing Red Tails, I guarantee you there are also some ticked off lady students in this bunch. Most likely some ticked off parents as well who don't approve of the district spending over $50,000 for a boys-only field trip. A field trip that involves highlighting discrimination while actively discriminating against the girls in the schools.

Seriously, who decided this was a good idea? Maybe Jon Dahlander, the Dallas ISD spokesperson, who said the following, "There is only so much available space at the movie theater, so the decision was made for boys to attend the movie." Dude. Do you know what would have been a better way to decide this? Shifts of students going at different showings.

After all, girls and boys should all know about our nation's history of racial discrimination. Although I suppose you just gave the entire school system a huge lesson in the ongoing discrimination of women. So there's that.

How mad would you be if your daughter wasn't allowed to go on this field trip?

 

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