How Male and Female Students Participate in Class
According to the Deborah Tannan’s article “How Male and Female Students Participate in Class,” while men suppose it is their duty to contribute to class by speaking up, women do not think that they need to speak up like men do. Most women seem to speak up occasionally when they feel it only requires doing so. Even though a woman speaks up, then she tries to keep silent as long as possible if she feels she would be attacked. A girl communicates in a more intimate and sensitive way with a chosen, trusted one with whom she sits and talks telling secrets. In contrast, for most boys, activities are central, and their best friends are whom they do things with; they bond by exchanging playful insults and put-downs. Moreover, boys communicate in a bolder manner in a hierarchical order usually within a larger group. Tannen uses Father Walter Ong’s book “Fighting for Life”, Hamilton College professor’s classroom experience, and other colleague’s experiences as evidences to support for her claim on class room behavior. Hence, she deduces that debate-like formats as a learning tool make classroom more comfortable to most men than to women. However, I do not agree with Tannan’s representation of behavior in class because modern women not only exhibit independence, control and defiance in almost every aspect of day-to-day life, but also they are becoming successful in classroom just as their male counterparts; the biological differences such as gender have nothing to do with class, and women do speak up in classroom.
In fact, modern women (unlike in 1900) excel in every walk of life from space exploration, engineering, management, law, business and politics to medicine, education and fine arts just as men. For instance, women have become very successful in the corporate business arena in America, where women have the same opportunities as men: i.e. CEOs of some Fortune 500 companies are women. Classroom is most probably...
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