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Taking a Look at Boys and Education

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“I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand”-Susan B Anthony (. In the early 1900s, woman strived for equality and the right to vote. In recent years, women have found themselves equal to men, yet the new problem at hand is whether the world has focused soo much attention on the equal rights of women that males have been left to fall behind. Education used to be something rare among females, but now young women are striving in literature, while young men are falling behind. Schools are now designed to favor the females, and lack materials that males would find beneficial. Schools do not help boys achieve academic success which hinders their success in college and consequently the economic future of our country.
At an early age, male interest in literature deteriorates due to schools not appealing to the interests of men. In middle school my brother Levi had come home with two books, one of them assigned by his teacher titled, “Romeo and Juliet” and the other from the library called “Lion Boy.” Within a week my brother had finished not only the book “Lion Boy” but the whole series, in contrast he had not even made it through the first ten pages of “Romeo and Juliet.” At a young age men are thrown upon them bland reading materials, resulting in men no longer seeking interest in the curriculum. Because boys no longer desire to try in school they develop poor habits. These poor habits will fall into their future, causing them to be unsuccessful in life. School books now have fewer male lead characters, some of the most inspiring biographies of important presidents, inventors, scientists, and entrepreneurs are gone (Bauerlein). Bauerlein is s...

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...abling them to participate in other out of school activities. The world has turned its focus on women becoming equal compared to men, that even now schools are designed to favor women. When going back to the early 1900’s where women struggled to have a voice, it is silly to think that eventually males would be the ones yelling for help.

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Walker, Rebecca. “Putting Down the Gun.” The Language of Composition. 1st ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008. 412-414. Print.
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