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Giving Girls the Attention They Deserve

Giving Girls the Attention They Deserve


It’s nothing new, but it’s getting more and more attention nationwide. Girls are sometimes unwittingly treated differently than boys at school, even by female teachers. According to the Edadvocate(link is external): “Research shows many differences in the way boys and girls are treated in the classroom and shows that differences in treatment by teachers and other school personnel may be both conscious and subconscious. Teachers tend to pay more attention to boys than girls by having more interactions with them. They tolerate behavior in boys that they don’t tolerate in girls, and they tend to provide boys with more criticism and praise. Differences in the extra attention given to boys are due in part to the fact that boys simply tend to demand more attention, while girls tend to be quieter and more reticent. Boys tend to dominate classroom discussion, and they also access computers and technology more often than girls do.”I am not trying to throw teachers under the bus as I have a tremendous respect for what they do. But because boys’ brains develop more slowly, teachers are often more encouraging and attentive to them than to the bright girls who grasp concepts early on and stay relatively silent. That means bright girls stop trying so hard to be recognized, get bored, and can lose the spark they once had for learning challenging subjects. Once bodacious, spirited girls also quit sports in droves during their adolescent years.

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