The Gender Conflict in School

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Throughout history, education has taken the face of men. Specifically, our existence has been ruled, quite dominantly, by men. Males have ruled as kings, conquered continents, and killed the meat necessary for our survival. Women, on the other hand, have performed the cleaning, cooking, and sewing; only recently, in the past 100 years, have women gained equal academic rights as men and have become incorporated in our education systems. This shift in the perspective of women has benefitted not only our country but the world, and women have most definitely taken advantage of their opportunity. Women now earn 25 percent more bachelor's degrees than men, catapulting their gender ahead that of men when it comes to the growth of the United States’ intelligence. This jump has allowed an exceptional amount of criticism toward the current school systems, much of which is untrue and undeserved. Although men appear to lose interest in school faster than women, and women have in fact passed men in the successfulness of their schooling, the causes for their lack of continuance in education is not because of discriminatory systems or Ann Hulbert’s idea of “gender disparity,” but rather more logical and objective reasons.
Men can earn as much, if not more, money than women with less education. Currently, 133 women will graduate from college for every 100 men (Brooks 411). Brooks also understands that by sheer force of numbers, women will be holding more and more leadership jobs in our nation (411). However, a male-ruled history has produced thousands of basic jobs most often performed by men rather than women. Farming, a necessary tool for survival during the early years of America, is nearly an all-male job. This, as well as hundreds of oth...

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...“gender disparity.” Men and women are created equal, and this phrase has held true in our education systems. Women’s interests in our this current age often require a college degree to achieve their dream. Men, on the other hand, often believe college is not for them. Men and women are extremely distinct creatures with different tendencies, thus resulting in contrasting opinions on college. Eventually, we may come to the conclusion that women are just plain smarter.

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Hulbert, Ann. “Boy Problems.” The Language of Composition. 1st ed. Boston: Bedford/St.
Martin’s, 2008. 414-417. Print.
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