Watch the movie, “Hidden Figures” about African American women’s involvement in NASA. It is available on Amazon Prime for, I think, $3.99 two-day rental. Maybe other places have it too. Pay particular attention to references in the film to the women’s educational background, and those of their families and neighbors.
Prompt for Discussion Notes: When you think about the family environments of these women, it is easy to see how they ended up as well-educated, especially in a science field, as they did. Most African American girls, though, don’t grow up on that type of environment. What could be done to provide such support for girls of color and girls from lower socio-economic circumstances in the U.S. so they can more easily visualize their own success in school and in science-based/math-based career fields? What will YOU as a father, or uncle or grandfather tell your daughters, nieces, granddaughters about their math abilities? What other areas in their educational paths will you want to make sure they are able to develop confidence and how can you help them in those other areas?
3Review this article from SIDA. (attached)
Prompt for Discussion Notes: There are nine “Issues to Consider” on pages 3 and 4. Talk about issues 7, 8, and 9. Just take a few notes about what that particular items makes you think about gender and education. We’ll link these issues to a bigger picture of the society including government, religion, and other institutions.
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