[EDEQUITY] Re: Boys and School Article

From: anichols (anichols@gis.net)
Date: Mon May 22 2000 - 09:41:48 EDT

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    I have hesitated about getting into this boy/girl debate, but as a teacher
    I feel I must respond to the Desiree Cooper article. There are few teachers
    who are not aware of what middle school age boys are like. And if they do
    not teach in a way that responds to the needs these young males, they are
    going to be very unsuccessful in keeping their any order in their
    classrooms. One of the hardest things I have to do is not to ignore the
    girls in my efforts to keep the boys busy and active. Also I must point out
    that as a girl I had a real need to be active more than school permitted.
    Luckily I had teachers who did not make such sharp gender delineations.
    Bear in mind that a teacher has a responsibility to ready middle school
    students for high school where, sad to say, teachers are less apt to
    tolerate any behavior that disrupts the classroom. Thus sometimes it may
    seem that the teachers are "getting on their (the boys) cases". It used to
    be that parents played an active role in making sure their children
    understood appropriate group behavior. Now that this is no longer so,
    teachers do have to teach such behavior as well as content and process.
    My recommendation is that all middle school classrooms be made more active
    and experiential for both boys and girls. And that parents listens to their
    children's complaints seriously without emotional reaction and help their
    children find non-disruptive solutions for functioning successfully in the
    classroom. This will benefit the students as they get out in a real world
    that will not be so child-centered.
    An old lady teacher who loves teaching boys!
    anichols@gis.net (anichols)

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