Gender studies

Topics: Education, Gender, High school Pages: 5 (1918 words) Published: August 4, 2014
Throughout sociology there have been the major issues and controversies on the perspective of the education system is not providing equal opportunities to both genders meaning the national curriculum is favoured to girls and this has been an issue for very long time. In the nineteenth- century women were destined for housework and women were taught domestic skills like cooking and the boys were taught craft skills. In this assignment I am going to explain how sociology has helped me to understand the issues of education and I’m going to explain this by reading and analysing journals.

Firstly there issues of boys not performing very well in secondary schools, the socialization of gender within in schools assures that girls are made aware that they are unequal to boys. Every time students are seated or lined up by gender, teachers are affirming that girls and boys should be treated differently. When different behaviours are tolerated for boys because it is mostly said that, 'boys will be boys', There is some evidence that girls are becoming more academically successful than boys, however examination of the classroom shows that girls and boys continue to be socialized in ways that work against gender equity. In some cases could be said that girls sometimes get away with bad behaviour and can be influenced by boys. The first journal I looked at to support my point above is called, ‘why should secondary schools take working with boys seriously?’ by David Jackson this journal tells us why teachers find it difficult working with boys as well as the issues with boys in general. However boys in school are disruptive. For example David mentions, ‘ they spent most of the lesson singing or humming, putting their feet up on desk, fighting, pinching each other’s books, calling out, having a laugh’ (2010:pg103) this shows that boys to not concentrate in school because they don’t stay focus this is due to the curriculum does not suit them. However Marxist did mention the hidden curriculum and how education prepares students for work force, and school does provide individuals to get ready for work force. Boys always demand attention. By reading this article teachers do not pay attention to Boys as David observed a class and saw that the teacher cannot control the boys and the teacher response was, ‘boys will be boys’. For example Wright (2002) ‘one suggestion is that the continuing pressure on the educational unit of resources has increased teachers use of time-management, with the result teachers are less available to interact with pupils’(pg2.2002). Another reason why buys underachieve is that teachers have lower expectations of boys and this leads to negative labelling. By my understanding it could be said that boys pay less attention to class because the style of teaching does not suit them. For instance boys are not into coursework or writing. Boys are being labelled too much because there are some boys that do well in secondary school and go to get good degree’s and jobs. The ideology of boys not doing well in schools it’s the way society things and it not fair because it’s labelling all boys when there are some out there who perform better. Also if a boy’s want talk to his teacher one to want they might feel embarrassed to talk because of what their friends might think, for the main point for boys is to impress their friends.

On the other hand there are smart boys in secondary school that get bad grades because of the type friends they choose to hang out with. For instance Jackson mentions, ‘the majority of boys are not the super-cool, swaggering, hard cases they would like to think they are in their fantasy world’(2010;pg110) by reading this article I understood that’s schools are changed not suit boys and that why they are finding it hard to perform or concentrate because now at early age kids are taught to read and many boys are not skilled verbally as girls; the main reason is a boy is more active than a girl so it hard...
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