Mona Lisa Smile

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Shatamara Towler Professor Flowers EDUC 2120 25 June 2014 Gender Biases and Socialization in Education in “The Mona Lisa Smile” As teachers, we recognize that schools are places of cultural governments. Schools are a set of public, literal and optical traditions aimed to produce the creation of values and needs that affect people’s sense of their future identities and possibilities. The traditions and ideologies concerning women’s role in society in The Mona Lisa Smile, affects the students desires and identities, and the role of social change. The film speaks on the culture of young women in prestigious schools preparing to give up their education for the education of their children, and serve as wives to privileged males, rather than following their own dreams. Katherine Watson, the teacher, challenges the girls by portraying liberal ideas to the students. Their choices in life enables Watson to teach about the freedom and choice. Ms. Watson in The Mona Lisa Smile, shows how women’s lives were controlled by social structures, and examines their attitudes as a reflection of society, which is dominated my male figures. In this case Ms. Watson tries to empower the school culture and social structure. James banks defines it as a “process of restructuring the culture and the organization of a school to bring about education equality and empowerment” (Banks, 40-41). The influence of environments in achieving a greater outcome in students’ well-being was a challenge to reconstruct social structures. Gender bias does not only start at home or accepted but it also takes place in the school environment. Wellesley was founded on traditions and morals, which eventually effects the view of the institution. Within the movie, student’s former traditions and generations that are passed down creates obstacles. Culture and generations can affect a student’s growth
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