December 03, 2005
Boys in the Classroom
Posted by Gordon Smith

Michael Gurian has some interesting commentary in WaPo about how our education system fails young boys. Here is the take-home lesson:

Beginning in very early grades, the sit-still, read-your-book, raise-your-hand-quietly, don't-learn-by-doing-but-by-taking-notes classroom is a worse fit for more boys than it is for most girls.

I have heard this argument before, and my own family's experience could serve as a nice case study at the elementary school level. Although Gurian claims to notice the effects among college students, I don't perceive much gender difference in law school (at least in terms of grade performance). At this level, the biggest change over the past 15 years is that gender is no longer a diversity factor in admissions.

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