Does gender make a difference in education in America in the same way as in other countries?

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For many years women in America have experienced many different situations in the education arena. Situations that women experienced were very different than the experiences males experienced in the same classroom and women expectations were also different than that of their male counterparts. Renzetti and Curran wrote in their Fifth Edition of Women, Men and Society that women were expected to not only attend to their studies but also attend to the males’ laundry, cleaning their rooms and meal service. (Page 101.) Women were expected to keep silent and were only allowed to major in degrees like Home Economics and Teaching degrees. Was this treatment of women the same for women in other cultures? This paper will show that women in …show more content…
In 2003 the same study in Brazil done an experiment with adolescent boys and girls in a physics lab about learning behaviors. According to Teixeria (2002) in Brazil there are definite roles for both males and females. In this country the males are dominant and females are subservient. In schools students are generally separated by gender and the people give the faculty great authority; that is they are seen of great value. However, this study found that girls were better at answering questions, taking notes and generally answered for the boys, whereas, boys were defiant and less like to take notes and stay on task. At times boys have shown authority over a female teacher claiming that the teachers haven’t taught him anything. What is also interesting about this culture is that women usually have more education than men yet their statuses is lower, have less pay in jobs, and is not seen as equal. According to Teixira, Villani and Nascimento in their study boys and girls behavior in the school expresses the socialization roles given to them by society (2008, pages 387-398). Clearly, learning can go on and succeed within the context social oppression in gender stereotyping. Unfortunately, those that are learning do not reap in the benefits that a good education can bring such as social status, wages and high position in the job market. With the comparison of the countries of
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