How Negative Stereotypes About Boys Affect Their Academics And Health

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'At stake in this debate is so much more than the toys boys play with. The stereotypes and pressures that boys face threaten their physical and mental health, their ability to navigate their inner lives and interpersonal relationships, and even their academic success.

Consider how boys are doing in school. The average boy lags behind the average girl in reading. Boys are more likely to drop out of high school and less likely to enroll in college. Journalists and activists have been calling attention to this “boy crisis” in education for two decades, attributing it to teaching styles ill-suited to boys and more generally to the assumption, among feminists and educators, that the students most in need of attention and help are girls.

But research suggests that boys are limited in part by the commonly held belief that girls are better than boys at reading. In classrooms, where many children firmly believe that stereotype, boys have less confidence in their own reading skills, less motivation to read, and weaker reading skills, according to a longitudinal study that tracked more than fifteen hundred students as they moved from the fifth to sixth grades. A stereotype about boys in this case became a prophecy.'

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The myth that girls are better readers than boys has grown to be an unchallenged fact, supported by the self fulfilling prophesy of it's own creation. Missing from a debate rich in gender stereotypes and ideological gender studies evidence, is the voices of boys.

My son's English extension class in year 11 consisted of 24 girls and 2 boys. By year 12 it was 24 girls and zero boys. This is a common outcome in Australia where boys and girls start school with similar skills and abilities, but finish schooling with the lowest classes dominated with boys, and the highest classes dominated by girls. Are we to believe that boys are less intellegent than girls? Or that they are being failed by a highly gendered and biased cohort of female teachers.

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This is a result of #femaleprivilege.

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