Girls rule school
From kindergarten to graduate school, it’s a girl’s world, writes U.S. News. Alpha females excel in academics and leadership. Boys dominate special education.
From his first days in school, an average boy is already developmentally two years behind the girls in reading and writing. Yet he’s often expected to learn the same things in the same way in the same amount of time. While every nerve in his body tells him to run, he has to sit still and listen for almost eight hours a day. Biologically, he needs about four recesses a day, but he’s lucky if he gets one, since some lawsuit-leery schools have banned them altogether. Hug a girl, and he could be labeled a “toucher” and swiftly suspended — a result of what some say is an increasingly anti-boy culture that pathologizes their behavior.
If he falls behind, he’s apt to be shipped off to special ed, where he’ll find that more than 70% of his classmates are also boys. Squirm, clown, or interrupt, and he is four times as likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Girls rule school in Canada too.
Elementary school always was designed for girls, but boys used to catch up in high school. Now they’re not making it there either. I’m not sure what the solution is, but at least educators are worrying about boys after a generation focused on the phony issue of girls’ self-esteem.