Week 4 Lecture

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Published on 1 Jun 2011
School
UTSC
Department
Sociology
Course
SOCC38H3
Professor
Sadker:
Boys are more likely to raise their hand, be aggressive, and competitive…girls no longer bother to
raise their hand
Boys would swear and would receive a harsher punishment, whereas girls would just receive a
lighter punishment
Girls would avoid getting in trouble, whereas boys though getting in trouble was being a man and
less of a deal
Girls getting the right answer is more serious to them, whereas boys find it fun
Boys are getting more harsher punishment
Observations in differences in different schools: in China school, English and Chinese teachers
were female, but physics and math teachers were males
oTeachers were prioritizing the weaker students (girls in physics and math classes, and
boys in English and Chinese classes)
oWhereas in North America, teachers prioritize students who were loud and aggressive
We could find different dynamics in different countries
In Middle East, teachers were trying to teach equally
Boys who were speaking ESL were not being treated the same way as female counterparts
Girls were getting better marks overall, but boys were both getting the higher and lower marks
During recess, boys got to play on the fields while girls stayed on the ground
Boys were forced to play soccer while girls are allowed to sit out if they dont feel like playing,
would push boys further to enhance their sports skills
Girls dont want to get dirty or muddy by playing on the wet grass, but its fine for the boys to play
on the grass
Teachers would be upset when girls get dirty when they come in, but wont be upset when boys
get dirty
Boys jumping to answer the questions were thought to be smarter and do well on their
assignments, but it was found out that only the girls who were quiet were doing better on the
assignments and homework
Even though boys answered more questions, the girls were smarter
Gender dynamics in class: male teachers were more likely to push boys and girls, while female
teachers were more likely to push boys
When guys want to participate in girls activities, they are labeled as fag or gay (a strong term),
while girls would only be called tomboys (a much lighter term)
Globe and Mail – 6 part series
Boys are in crisis, boys are disadvantaged in schools
Boys earn lower grades in elementary, high school, and university
They have more behavioural problems, get sent to principals office more often
More likely to repeat a grade and drop out of school than girls are
Girls are more likely to continue, while boys are like to drop out
Men are only 40% of university graduates, girls are 60% of university graduates
Boys are much less likely to enter medical school
Strong dynamics on boys, get disadvantaged in education, not getting good grades, not graduating
We need to pay attention to this crisis
Not enough male elementary school teachers, most of them are women
Men being accused of improper conduct when they are elementary school teachers
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75% of children taken ritalin are boys grades, no girl problems. Statistics on scholarships: much more scholarships are reserved for women than for men. Issue about schools: the school would expect son to be on ritalin to be more calm. If this were reversed (75% of girls taking on medication), we would see much more alarming situation than boys taking medication make it seem less serious. Part 4: where are all the male teachers: women have been dominant ones in elementary, men have dominated in top administrative (principal, board of education, etc. ) If men would teach, they would teach in high school because the pay is better: there are signs of change in terms of male and female teachers more men are accepting offers for oise teacher training. 2 camps: one says there are boys in crisis, the other says boys in crisis is overstated and turned away from attention on girls, is a backlash.