Effect of gender-neutral pedagogy on literacy

About a month ago, I read Michael Levin’s (1987) Feminism and Freedom. There are many things to enjoy about this book, one of which is his incredibly detailed discussion on feminist pedagogy. Levin describes how most of the major textbook and educational book publishers have shifted towards gender-neutral language within their books, short stories, etc. This likely has negative effects. The following paragraphs are from the book,

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About that Mani et al. study

I regularly see this study thrown around from Mani et al. (2013) titled “Poverty impedes cognitive function”. It should be no surprise. In just a few years, it’s gathered over 1,400 citations and made multiple sources of mainstream news (see here, here and here for example). I see it all the time in debates about socioeconomic effects on IQ, despite the fact that it is, all around, a very bad study.

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