How gender bias affects students?
Dr. Akers, Dr. Auten, Dr. Nolte
Why did we chose this topic?
What teachers say/do?
Some argue on the opposite side. They say that boys are actually more socialized than girls. They say this because across the country, boys have never been in more trouble: They earn 70 percent of the D's and F's that teachers dole out. They make up two thirds of students labeled "learning disabled." They are the culprits in a whopping 9 of 10 alcohol and drug violations and the suspected perpetrators in 4 out of 5 crimes that end up in juvenile court. They account for 80 percent of high school dropouts and attention deficit disorder diagnoses
How it actually happens?
Teachers spend up to 2/3 of their time helping male students and talking with them. When boys talk out over girls it is accepted, but when the other way occours their are mainly negative reactions. Teachers will acknowledge girls but praise and encourage boys. Boys are more frequently cose for demonstrations in everyday classroom environments. When teachers ask questions, they direct their gaze towards boys more often, especially when the questions are open-ended, and up for debates.
What it changes
In classrooms male studnets get away with more misbehavior because teachers believe in 'boys will be boys', schools are perpetuating the oppression of females. There have been studies showing that females might be higher academically, however the inquality doesn't only have to do with learning but how they socially develop.
In classrooms girls are praised for being neat, quiet, and calm, whereas boys are encouraged think and be independent, active and speak up. It is taught to girls that popularity is key, and learn that educational performance and ability are not.
"Girls in grades six and seven rate being popular and well-liked as more important than being perceived as competent or independent. Boys, on the other hand, are more likely to rank independence and competence as more important."