A Critical Analysis of the Educational Gender Gap Essay

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Emotional and behavioral differences between boys and girls have often been linked as a result of attributed responses from neuro-biological dissimilarities. Essentially, behavioral variances between males and females result from biological differences that remain unaddressed in a classroom setting. Biologically, boys have less serotonin and less oxytocin than girls – the chemicals that are primarily responsible for human bonding. This makes it more likely for boys to be more physically impulsive than girls. Girls in the classroom are naturally able to sit still and pay attention while their male counterparts – generally – fidget, drift off, and are restless. Boys are expected to keep their concerns to themselves in the classroom…show more content…
Societal perceptions confine boys (as well as girls) to restrictive stereotypes that impact their respective view of education. Society has linked masculinity with a low performance in the classroom. Ultimately, boys are taught that “working for academic success is in conflict with adolescent conceptions of masculinity.”
The anti-boy school climate has further been developed by the significant growth of feminism. In this new masculine ideal, “working for academic achievement…is labeled as feminine and thereby stigmatized. Girls, however, typically view school work as acceptable and sometimes even encouraged.” Females tend to direct “‘considerable effort and attention’” to school while boys in contrast tend to take “‘pride in their lack of academic effort as an aspect of their masculine identity.’” The popular masculine ideal today, has been skewed to view education as futile and entirely pointless. Research has shown that ‘“the main demand on boys…is to appear to do little or no [educational] work’ whereas for girls ‘it seems as if working hard at school is not only accepted, but is, in fact, wholly desirable.’” Through the rise of feminism, “girls are taught that they can do anything, while boys’ choices are restricted to activities that are considered appropriately masculine.” School today is seen as a “girl thing.” As a result, the societal view of
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