How not to talk about Gender and Education – Is the 'Boys Crisis' in Education a Reality?

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  1. Letta Page says:

    I’d also recommend checking out some of the great Council on Contemporary Families reports on girls, boys, and education, particularly this one:

  2. cllewellyn says:

    great post, markus! thanks for sharing the real statistics about race, class, gender, and education!

  3. Kelly says:

    Something I’ve noticed is a lot of those things talk about how ‘modern’ schooling is less good for boy brains; listing things like sitting down, rote learning, and silence. Except, school has always been like that, and it’s been getting less so in more or less the period this ‘crisis’ has occurred.

    The difference I am really seeing is more school. My maternal grandfather had to board in Town to go to high school and only went because he’s very bright, my parents both only went until they were 16 and then trained on the job, but now tertiary education has become almost compulsory. It’s probably much easier to get 13 year old boys to sit still if they’re lucky to be there, rather than looking at 8 more years of this to be qualified for anything.

  4. Sushil says:

    One factor is the lack of individualism among boys compared to girls in modern times. Whereas feminism is encouraging girls to be themselves rather than being feminine, boys are still under pressure to appear masculine. Boys still look for assurance of masculinity from others.

  5. lynn oliver says:

    As a percentage, boys are falling behind, and it will get worse. Many colleges are trying now to hold the enrollments to 60 percent Female and 40 percent Male. This will become more difficult over time as there will be fewer Males to feel the classrooms.

    I do not feel however feminism is to blame. I do see it as the belief girls should be protected and boys to be trained with more aggressive treatment to become little soldiers or tough. The information age now requires more correct treatment to create lower layers of mental frictions (lower average stress) for more ease of learning and more mental energy for learning new things such as academics; more social vocabulary; and lower muscle tension to develop writing skills. To compete more evenly with girls, boys also need as much or close to the same mental/emotional/social/verbal interaction, support, knowledge, and skills over time. The more aggressive treatment given boys is creating more social/emotional distance also that is creating more distrust, more preparation for defense; and in turn, with less support, lags in maturity. Unlike girls who are given love/honor for being girls; boy must qualify for such love/honor only through some achievement, status, or image. Those who do not measure up in some societal expected manner are given the stick of discipline or ridicule to prod them along. This sets many Males already deprived of proper support to use risk taking, video games, or sports to fill their needs for self-worth. We must not argue whether Males are falling behind. We should be looking to see if there variables/tools we can use to help all students improve their lives.

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