school district sends boys to a movie, leaves girls out

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I was watching the news tonight and they talked about a school district in Dallas that sent all their 5th grade boys to see "Red Tails." The girls were left at school to watch a movie. They said that the movie theater couldn't accommodate everyone and they didn't think the girls would like this movie. An original Tuskegee Airman was not happy that the girls were excluded. I found an article here:

Why not just take half the fifth grade one day and another half on another day? I don't understand why you would organize a field trip for a grade and then exclude half of them, a specific half at that.

In 8th grade we were invited to a local movie theater to watch "October Sky." The owner was from the area where the movie was filmed and wanted to share it with local schools. He gave us all a popcorn and drink too. I know I wouldn't have been happy if I was told I couldn't go because I was a girl and I wouldn't be interested in it.


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April - posted on 02/26/2012




i believe that is a case for gender discrimination! they are going to take the girls to see successful women mentors? that's also gender bias! boys could benefit by meeting successful women and girls could benefit from a bit of history. i think all students should go to both things for a more well rounded education.

Brittany - posted on 02/17/2012




I'm with you on that. It would have made much more sense to schedule when the theater could accommodate ALL children. More importantly, the day before they went they should have talked to the students about the movie, and asked if they were interested in it. If some of the children weren't interested then they could stay at the school and watch a different one.

But keeping ALL girls out of seeing the movie is sexist and against school code I hope.

As well as excluding them simply because they didn't like it. What if some of the boys didn't like it? Or didn't want to see it? They were forced to.

Whatever teacher didn't hear of a tom girl, or simply a girl who is interested in history??


Jasmine - posted on 02/12/2012




Why not just take a roll call of kids that wanted to go? Or take two trips to accommodate all the kids? It seems like there was a pretty simple solution to this.

Celeste - posted on 02/12/2012




They tried to excuse it by saying that the girls are going to their own field trip to see successful women mentors.. Grrr..

Stifler's - posted on 02/12/2012




That is ridiculous I agree why didn't they just take half the grade one day and half the next.

Celeste - posted on 02/11/2012




I saw that too (DFW area too).

Really bothered me for a few reasons. I didn't like the fact that they excluded girls because they didn't think girls would like it. That sounds pretty sexist to me.

Plus, all the money issues they're having. They closed 11 schools, letting go teachers and they spent close to $60,000??? My husband is a teacher for DISD and he feels like he's walking on egg shells and they spent $60,000 on this?? They said that they *might* get their money back but what if they don't?? That's more than one year's salary for a teacher!!!

Uggh.. I wish my husband would go work for another district..

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