Stereotypes that women do not belong in STEM fields start young and are often told by their parents and teachers that the STEM field is for men. They eventually start believing this lie and they become not interested anymore. Studies have shown that women generally perform better in math and science than boys, but girls are
Male and female teachers both provide education that the other sex is weaker in. Therefore, it is critical that young people get exposure to both in the educational environments. With being a male educator there are a great amount of advantages. The greatest advantage of being a male teacher would be the self satisfaction. Male teachers have the need or desire to want to go and mold the minds of the students that they teach.
In David Thoma's article, The Mind of Man, he writes about how he believes that women teachers are the reason why boys score lower on tests and don't do as well as girls in school. "At kindergarten and primary school level, in which little girls out-perform the boys, the vast majority of teachers are female. "(121) He focuses on the fact that boys are more rebellious and outgoing than girls. Thomas believes that becasue most boys have behavior problems the teacher becomes concerned with their social and not their academic life. Since girls tend to be more diligent and less rebellious, the boys are usually the ones that speak up more forcefully and are spoken to more often by teachers.
In the past the education has been dominated by the male, but as of late the female has become the new face of the scholar. In the feminist push for gender equality the male has been left to fend for himself in the public school environment. There is evidence saying that women are reading more than men, the first part of the problem. Another underlying cause is that the public school system is not geared to promote male interest in reading or education. Also with the spotlight being shined on female success the males are often left in the dark.
In 1993, American University professors Myra Sadker and David Sadker published their research in Failing in Fairness: How America’s Schools Cheat Girls, which pointed out key differences of how teachers treated students in the classroom. These included the teachers praising the boys over the girls, giving more attention to the male gender than female. So by separating the genders, there is less discrimination, and more focus on teaching single sex students. Without boys in their classes, girls are more likely to be leaders and reach higher levels of achievement, which leads to greater self-confidence and higher professional aspirations. And without girls in the classroom, boys are less distracted from the academic works, and make higher grades in the single sex environment.
As Allison Booth explains, “If behaving competitively is viewed as being a part of male gender identity but not of a female, then being in a coeducational school environment might lead girls to make less competitive choices than boys” (544). Girls may choose to refrain from participating in class or activities if they are intimidated and afraid in a co-educational setting. Many a time, it is mistaken that boys are more competitive since they are seen as more dominant in society. However, competitiveness between girls in a single-sex school is just as equal to that of boys. In addition to this competitiveness, boys and girls will have the possibility of gaining more confidence if taught in separate environments.
Girls and boys learn differently, their brains do not function the same way which means they need to have different learning strategies. Most research on Single-sex education have just advantages for girls. The advantages for girls are that they are more encouraged to take what they call “boy subjects” like science, math, and autos. Girls are usually uncomfortable to take the “boys subjects” because they do not want to be teased for being a “genius” or “nerdy”. As it says in the source of single-sex classes and Equal opportunities for girls and boys: perspective through time from mixed comprehensive schools in England... ... middle of paper ... ...he teachers have activities to make the boys more involved and have less chances to misbehave.
A disadvantage is that in the future of the student’s life when they have to go into the real world, they may be at a lost as to how to socially interact with the opposite sex. But in many people opinion (and mine) academics are more important than someone’s social life. Your social life will only take you so far in life, but knowledge is forever. Males and females do work at a different pace and in different ways. Girls seem to learn what the nature of the beast is if they have been to single sex schools whereas boys taught on their own seem to find girls more puzzling.
Studies have shown that teachers give boys more attention in the early and crucial years because they fear that the boys will fall behind in their school subjects, and that boys are more daring – more willing to take risks and answer questions, even though it may be wrong. The study done by Del Siegle and Sally M. Reis about Gender Differences in Teacher and Student Perceptions of Gifted Students’ Ability and Effort investigated whether gift... ... middle of paper ... ...us classroom, showed that students benefited when provided differentiated, challenging learning opportunities. Both males and females learn in a different way, some students may work better in a cluster setting while others may learn better in a general classroom setting. The difference between males and females is difficult to identify because the average sex difference is so small in terms of IQ. The abilities including IQ , is greater for males than females, which shows we should see more males in the gifted ability spectrum.
These generalizations of gender the men or women are taught child usually from parents and teachers or someone older. Society has expectations from women and male. Men women are portrayed as to have emotions be more sensitive week and need someone to depend on. Men are taught at a young age to not show emotions, they have to be a leader, and be stronger than women are. And if men are failed to do what they are expected 2 they are seen as less of a man or disgrace to mankind.