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Girls get extra school help while boys get Ritalin
At last June's graduation at Franklin High School just outside of Milwaukee, three of the four students who tied for valedictorian were girls. Among the National Honor Society members, 76% were girls. And girls comprised 85% of the students on Franklin's 4.0 honor roll.
The superintendent of schools for this upper-middle-class suburb, Gerald Freitag, investigated those numbers after the parents of a boy filed a complaint. He found that the skewed performances by gender at Franklin pretty much mirror the imbalances across the state — and the nation.
This week, teachers at the middle school feeding into Franklin received training on how to reach out to boys. And high school teachers will continue the gender-sensitivity classes they began last school year.
But reversing the trend will not be easy. In classrooms nationwide, girls are pulling ahead of boys academically. Recent federal testing data show that what starts out as a modest gap in elementary-level reading scores turns into a yawning divide by high school. In 12th grade, 44% of girls rate as proficient readers on federal tests, compared with 28% of boys. And while boys still score slightly higher on federal math and science exams, their advantage is slipping.
Let the girls have K-12. Once you get into secondary school, the numbers damn near flip.
That the system doesn't need to be extraordinarily expensive yet work better, we can witness in Scandinavia or the Netherlands.
"Not learning from mistakes is worse than committing mistakes. When you don't allow yourself to make mistakes, it is hard to be tolerant of others and it does not allow even God to be merciful."
Sorry, but I find the education aspect of this conversation much more fascinating than the marriage and American woman stuff.
I really do think that in some instances, the way our education system is set up and how our children are expected to "behave" in school is sometimes in favor of girls, and I think that can have some long-term effects on boys and how they view education in general. I think it must be discouraging for some who maybe need different ways of expressing themselves.
I definitely think that there have been a lot of changes made to our education system and that it is not like it once was, and that some of the expectations placed upon young children are unrealistic to say the least. I am certainly not a fan of the "No Child Left Behind" act which seems so superficial and shallow. It really doesn't solve any problems, and as an unintended consequence has actually created more problems IMO.
Even back when I was in school I remember having more mediocre teachers who could not keep a child's interest, than the interesting teachers who actually took an interest in their students and what made them "tick" so to speak. Those few teachers who took a real interest in the students made learning fun for all of us!