Gender Equity to Improve the Education of Boys
As boys and girls mature, they feel intensifying
pressure to conform to a very narrow definition of "masculine"
and "feminine." Many parents and school personnel around
the country are working to free young people from stereotypes that
limit their choices, their career opportunities, and their health
With these concerns in mind the Gender, Diversities
& Technology Institute convened its spring forum to look closely
and honestly at some thorny issues concerning gender and equity
responses that will improve the education and well-being of boys.
Beginning with the belief that gender equitable education
benefits all students, a group of educators and researchers talked
with Craig Flood, Institute Fellow and moderator in an effort to
better understand the current needs of boys.
Forum speakers included: Susan Shaffer, who with
her co-author Linda Gordon, wrote Why Boys Don't Talk and Why We
Care: Mothers Guide to Connection; Craig Flood, and Alison McClaughlin
and Rich Catrambone, both licensed social workers who work with
boys in a local school system.
The discussion ranged from explorations of the impact
of stereotyping on boys' sense of self and on their educational
experiences to modeling positive relationships between females and
males to practical strategies to support boys' healthy development
The forum report, "Raising and Educating
Boys: A gender-healthy approach" will be available online and
in print. If you wish to be notified when the report is available,
please let us know.