Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Teachers and Parents--Here's A Question

You've all heard about this study:

Dee found that having a female teacher instead of a male teacher raised the achievement of girls and lowered that of boys in science, social studies, and English.

Looked at the other way, when a man led the class, boys did better and girls did worse.
The study found switching up teachers could narrow achievement gaps between boys and girls, but one gender would gain at the expense of the other.

Dee also contends that gender influences attitudes. For example, with a female teacher, boys were likelier to be seen as disruptive. Girls were less likely to be considered inattentive or disorderly.

In a class taught by a man, girls were likelier to say the subject was not useful for their future. They were less likely to look forward to the class or to ask questions.

Just for fun, let's assume that the study is reasonably accurate.

So what does DomBet ask? A VERY good question:

If male teachers are so important for male students, how much more important are fathers to their sons? Is a girl raised by two homosexuals or a boy being raised by lesbians in the best environment?

1 comment:

Brother James said...

Careful here, you don't want to raise the ire of the "It Takes a Transves .. er, Village" crowd. Advocating the traditional family will be hate speech soon.

Maybe more sensible folk should start clustering somewhere, like the north=central areas of the country, the secede from the union. The liberals will not use military force, as few of them are willing to fight for something, but instead they may have us flogged in the papers, assailed on talk shows, and burned in effigy at protest rallies. In summary, they'd do squat.