This blog is a cop out. I don't have much to add, but I wanted to post the link to this article from the Village Voice: "The Body Beautiful"
What I will say about this article is that Automotive is the high school at which I'm doing my field training for the Fellows. The high school, as the article mentions, has a population of 1,100 boys and 60 girls.
So far, I have 1 class out of those I'm shadowing that even has a girl. A girl. I've seen a couple more in the hallways.
Right now 2 of my cooperating teacher's reading classes are studying a young adult novel called Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson. The book details a story based on the author's life-- her rape as a high schooler.
It's an interesting dynamic to teach a book about a woman's story of rape as a female teacher in a roomful of boys. So far they are respectful and really seem to empathize with the protagonist. It makes me hopeful that they'll not only learn about literary technique, but also basic human interactions and morality.
I guess I wrote more than I thought. I am so good at blogging.