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Transcript TEACHER page 1 continued from abbreviation in employment questionnaires, too." According to Dean, she was approached by the school superintendent, R.V. Higgin- botham two weeks after the questionnaire and was told to resign or be fired. Dean explained that she hadn't read all the questions in the Psychology Today (March 1976) article before she offered it to her class, and she felt now that certain questions were inappropriate for a high school class. "But," she adds, "they weren't justification for losing my job." Questions in the article ranged from those on boyhood heroes to those asking "when boys had the strongest feeling of being masculine." Responses to the latter question included 4'when..involved in work, competing with a peer, playing a sport, at home with the amily, wooing a potential sex partner or making love.." This question was particularly objectionable. Dean said she told Higgin- botham that she had considered "the relative severity of any damage done by the questionnaire and couldn't conscientiously resign over that one instance. "He then told me he had come to my defense in a previous, similar issue," Dean went on. "And I didn't know what he was talking about." Higginbotham was referring to a questionnaire entitled "Ethics and the Controlling of the Mind" which Dean had used in her classes at Timpson for the last six years. She had never been told not to use it. The "ethics" questionnaire was given to Dean for use in the classroom by her minister. "I strongly believe I should be able to discuss these issues in my classroom," Dean said. "I also believe it is the responsibility of educators to examine these issues, to provide opportunities for their discussion and to defend their use." Their use was not defended by school administrators. Dean said she was fired on the spot after refusing to resign over her use of the "masculinity" questionnaire. She was brought out of her classroom in the middle of English lessons, and was allow e d back in only to get her purse. Dean claims she was never given anything in writing, never given any warning, and was told only that the matter of her dismissal would be brought up a specially called school board meeting. "It was a cruel and brutal way to be treated," she said. "It's my understanding that a written statement of the charges against me should have been based on official board action and the written charges should have been given me before I was removed from the classroom." Dean said she was aware of the controversy her use of questionnaires had raised in the small community. But she stresses the importance of allowing students to examine issues as part of their "fundamental constitutional rights for full and equal educational opportunity." She said when her use of the first questionnaire had been criticized, she personally answered the only complaint she was told about "Higginbotham had told me he received a complaint from a woman," Dean aid. "I called her and talked to her about it, and I think she was satisfied with my explanation." Dean said her questionnaire may not be the only reason school authorities were quick to fire her. She had previously written to the school board complaining of unfair hair codes for the students and was instrumental in getting the women faculty to wear pantsuits, a move "disfavored" by some school board members. Dean plans to hire a lawyer to help her appeal, and hopefully, get her job back. She has sent copies of a letter addressing her case to the Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA), National Education Association (NEA), various legislators, and civil rights groups. "I'm not trying to get away with anything," she said. "I just don't want psychology books taken off the shelves because they've got the word 'masturbation, in them. I will do anything to prevent this kind of censorship from happening to other teachers. I want classroom teachers to be able to teach in a climate where they're not harrassed. "And if I have to sue the state," Dean said, "Iwill." Pit-cooked meats Home-style vegetables BIG TIMBER BAR-B-Q tt—n—n Brittmore and Old Katy Road Owners-operators, Gay Cosgriff, Jim Ward Mini-course highlights women Four prominent women will speak on women's history, the changing family, women in business, and the concept of self in "The Changing Role of Women," as part of the June session of Rice University's program for the Bicentennial, "Interpreting America." Leading off the women's program will be historian Carol Weiner of Texas Southern University and the University of Houston who will comment on "The Emerging Woman," an excellent film depicting the history of the American woman. Marlene Hodge LaRoe, well- known family counselor and social worker, will discuss today's changing family structure in "The Emerging Family." Maxine Hacke will provide an overview of opportunities for women in the business world. Hacke is director for hiring of women in the Gulf Oil Corporation as well as a member of President Ford's Citizens Advisory Council on the Status of Women. Ellen Gerber, visiting professor of physical education at the University of Houston, will discuss the body as self and the history of women in sports in a lecture, "From" Croquet to Skydiving: A Century of Sport for Women." This focus on women is part of a year-long series of evening mini-courses, meeting both at the Rice campus and The Kinkaid School. Other courses include "American Drama," "American Architecture," "The Black Experience in America," "American Literature,', "Parties and the People," "American Painting and Sculpture," and "The Secret Life of City Hall." 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