1. Analise says

    I’m late on commenting as I don’t read this blog regularly, but the article is spot on and his been reported on (although attempts to stop them have been ongoing) since the 90’s. This reverse discrimination of boys is denied by feminists, all the while they (and many educators *ahem*) praise the “progress” of female students all the while dumbing down ALL of the students.

    Thanks to the sheeple, it will only get worse for the next four years.

  2. Teacher2 says

    I agree with the commenters who disagree with this article. Boys and girls are very different when it comes to their ways of learning that’s true, but teachers are required to deal with the group, whether that’s 20 or 30 kids in a room, and that means that they have to have rules and systems in place to allow all kids to learn to the best of their ability. Schools have been forced to institute all kinds of restrictions on this due to testing, but there is a level to which knowledge builds on knowledge and so to truly learn something there is an order. As for why they have to learn about the Civil War in the fall instead of the winter, it’s because history is taught chronologically and students are learning how to see cause and effect in human events. If you deal with things out of order, how would they be able to see that relationship?

    In every class there are kids that we miss and we take that home with us everyday and try to come up with ways to reach that kid the next day. Sometimes we are able to bridge that gap and sometimes we aren’t. It isn’t because we don’t want to or because we don’t try. We want all students to feel at home and safe in our classes so if that isn’t happening for your child, try talking to their teacher about how you can partner to make that happen. Remember that you are the one who knows your child best and the teacher only knows them in the context of that classroom. Build a relationship with your teachers! They truly want the best for your kids.

    On some level I wonder how much this mother is really seeing her own educational disappointments through her son and so every time she perceived he is being shut down she sees that much more profoundly than all of the times he succeeds. Maybe that is the true tragedy of this article, that the failures of education are propagated through generations, not just in the individual child.

  3. nosoupforyou says

    I am a psychiatric social worker. This is an excellent article and representation of what our schools do to boys.

    That they can eventually compensate and do well does not negate what happens to them, especially in the elementary years.

    However, ADHD is more prevalent in boys just like autism. That is not the result of the educational setting.

  4. Angie says

    I read this blog quite often and up until today I always felt the author did a nice job of representing mothers. As a mother and a 5/6 grade teacher I can honestly tell you that this article is ridiculous! Studies have shown that children learn very similarly through younger years and it is not until later years that differences actually appear. This said, it is true that teachers are forced to teach to the test often times because of time restraints. However, a good teacher is able to cover the material while allowing for differences in learning. Whether this means differentiating instruction on an individual basis or simply developing alternative ways to teach the material in the first place, good teachers will do so. It is a detriment to ALL children be they boy OR girl when they are forced to sit in a seat and force fed information. Perhaps Ms. Robinson would be better aware of this if she did her research or even ventured into classrooms where effective teaching was taking place!

  5. Karen Browning says

    Okay, that article was way off base. If anything, girls are punished more than boys, at least they are in my school system. Coming from someone who will be a Highschool Senior next year, boys get WARNINGS and SCOLDINGS like the boy in the aritcle. Their misbehavior is chalked up to the old “boys will be boys” addage, and that’s that. Girls on the other hand, are punished immeadiatly and often without warning.

    I think that the behavior standards should be equal for both sexes, but sadly that doesn’t happen. From what I read in that article, her kid deserved everything he got. If he misbehaved, he deserved to have his recess taken away. If he jumped up and hit a door frame, he deserved to be warned. How else will they learn manners and acceptable mature behavior?

  6. Nats says

    What a terrible article.

    I agree completely with you, Anon.

    As an educator, I become routinely frustrated with people making assumptions as to how schools/classrooms are run and what can be done to fix them when they have never stepped foot into a classroom to teach 30 expectant faces.

    People need to stop taking every article about education as truth and take the time to question whether the author has ever had any experience in this facet or if it is just merely an opinion that is not validated by any facts and/or statistics.

  7. anon says

    This is not an excellent article. First, I ask, why all this sudden talk about schools being too rigid for boys? Schools used to be much more rigid historically and yet boys excelled. So why the change now? That is the question we ought to be asking. Second, there is the assumption that teaching conformity is good for girls just because they manage to do it. No one stops to think that in the long run, this is also bad for girls, promoting the passivity that allows for their exploitation. Finally, if boys are doing so badly, if we so favor girls, then why do men remain in almost all the top positions of power? That doesn’t seem like failure to me. What it seems like is that we so favor boys that they can do poorly in school and still succeed in life. By the way, these people who bemoan boys doing badly really mean WHITE boys doing badly – that is their only concern. When black boys do poorly in school and then get good jobs, we cry discrimination. And as a culture, we really don’t seem to care that people of color are being failed by our education system.

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