[Report Abuse]
[Login to Blog] Michelleturner's Blog
The Growing Gender Gap in Education

Take Me To Post Comment Form

Logically speaking, there should be no real differences between boys and girls in the classroom. In an ideal school setting, all students receive the same lessons and the same treatment from their teachers, and whether or not a child is male or female should have no bearing on his or her ability to learn. And yet, there is an undeniable gender gap in American schools, with girls being more academically successful than boys. Experts have noticed that girls have been getting better grades than boys for the last 100 years, and that this achievement gap is growing. It's even gone beyond elementary and high school. The rate of women who attend and complete college has tripled between 1970 and 2010, even as the graduation rate for male college students has slowed down.


Gender shouldn't determine how well a student performs academically, so why is this happening, and how is it affecting the rest of the world? More importantly, what can be done to close this gap?


Society and Gender

Many of the reasons for the gender gap that exists in our schools has to do with how gender is perceived in our society. The idea that girls are supposed to be proper and well-behaved while boys are wild and restless is an old one, but it still pops up in the classroom. Boys account for 71 percent of school suspensions, and even in kindergarten and the early years of elementary school they are more likely to disciplined for misbehaving. It's as if some teachers and school staff members expect boys to cause more trouble than girls. This kind of bias is demoralizing, and it can lead to male students simply not trying as hard as they can.


Boys and men are also less likely to ask for help if they don't understand a subject. Even if girls are being treated as the "gold standard" in terms of behavior and academic success, many people still expect boys to be able to handle a problem on their own without any outside help. Of course, nobody can get by in school without some kind of help once in a while, and those who don't ask for help will pay the price.


What Can Be Done

If boys really are falling behind girls in school, what can we do to change that? Some would say that the school system has been "feminized," and that teachers and schools themselves should be made more "masculine." Others argue that this is a flawed concept, and that students of all genders benefit from "feminine" activities such as music and art. Schools do need to emphasize the importance of an education for all of their students, and that society and our economy is more likely to reward academic success than unskilled labor.


Instead of making the classroom more "masculine," teachers and parents should focus on improving academic success for all of their children. Parents can encourage learning at home, set attainable academic goals for their children and work closely with their children's teachers. Meanwhile, teachers need to recognize that boys often do behave and learn differently from girls. They thrive on movement and competition, and when they are allowed to express themselves in their own ways they do better in their studies. Boys will be boys, and that should be allowed and encouraged as long as it's not disruptive or dangerous.

Latest Activity: Jul 21, 2014 at 2:55 AM

Bookmark and Share

Blog has been viewed (1165) times.

Log In to post comments.

Previous blog entries by Michelleturner
Promising Treatments For Anorexia and Bulimia
June 28, 2017
Anorexia nervosa and bulimia are eating disorders that have come to prominence as a common psychological disorder in the modern age. Anorexia is a compulsive desire to stop eating to lose weight. Bulimia is also a compulsive desire to lose weight, but involves bouts of extreme food consumption followed by ...
Read More »
Solar PV Panels are a Boon for Homeowners
May 25, 2017
Did you know that by installing solar PV on your rooftop you can gain 43% return on your investment? Solar PV (photovoltaic) panels are what come to people’s mind when talking about solar energy. Considering that within an hour, the sun radiates enough energy for covering human energy consumption for ...
Read More »
A Guide To Dry Eyes
March 27, 2017
A common condition that can occur at any age is dry eyes. This is the result of either tears that evaporate faster than they should or a lack of tear production. Treating this condition is easy to do and can be done with a quick visit to a doctor. Other ...
Read More »
Tips For Protecting Your Home
March 16, 2017
Protecting your home is important for your peace of mind and safety. There are certain things that you can and should do in order to protect your house from burglars. Taking these things into consideration will make you a smarter homeowner. Keep Your Shrubs Trimmed Shrubs, as well as trees ...
Read More »
Keep A Home Heated With A Well Maintained HVAC Sys
January 24, 2017
Ensure That Heating And Cooling Works Correctly An HVAC system is responsible for keeping a residence heated during cold months and cool when temperatures rise outdoors. Part of the system is going to be located outside of the home, and this area should be kept free of leaves, dirt and ...
Read More »
[View More Blogs...]

Powered by
Morris Technology