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Discussion in 'Et Cetera, Et Cetera' started by Shelby, Jan 24, 2006.
begins to swing
should have been pendulum. oh well, can't fix the typo now
Good article and it's true (unfortunately). Boys (across the board) have been 'left behind'. I think there are two critical points the article makes:
1. Boys and girls are different
2. The impact of the lack of a male role model
I think another area that the article only briefly touched on that is important too though is parental involvement. It'll be interesting to see what courses of action are created to re-establish gender parity in the educational arena.
I'm also curious to see where this thread goes with reader comments...
I'm puzzled why so many Americans seem dismayed that schools have difficulty teaching basic social and citizenship skills that parents are responsible for instilling.
Too many Americans feel they are 'entitled' to things. Many expect 'others' to be responsible or accountable for their actions and behaviors as opposed to themselves. Consequently, we have many 'parents' who shouldn't be 'parents' and do a poor job of raising and caring for children.
Of course this is happening, it's a reflection of what society is feeling right now. How many inteligent men on television do you see? There may be a few, but those that are there are generally geeks, who, while inteligent as far as academics go, are portrayed as frightningly stupid with other people, or just generally incompetent. Men are often shown to be ignorant, or incompetent. Boys aren't told to get good grades, because they don't see the purpose of what they are learning. If the teachers would explain the practical applications of what was being taught I believe many would learn it better.
I personally think that the entire school system should be re-engineered, starting with the hours and summer vacation.
Much like the way LP guys are portrayed as cave men or randy satyrs.
I thought the boots covered my hooves.