Why Boys Are Lagging Behind In School
For decades now it is believed that girls do not perform as well as boys and are at a disadvantage in classrooms, especially when dealing with subjects such as Algebra. The gender gap though is not something that many of you would expect. In today’s world, the male student is the one who seems to be having difficulties in the classroom and he just can keep up with the rest of their female counterparts.
The problem that brings about this issue according to Richard Whitmire who is an author of the book why boys fail: Saving our sons from an education system that’s leaving them usually starts early and it’s reflected notably by two indicators which are an increase in aspirations by female high school seniors and a decrease in aspiration by male students. There are various indicators which have also indicated this trend, issues such as lagging representation of male students in the rates of graduation, as well as the fact that 58% of College graduates who tend to actually pass are 58% female.
Whitmire also argues in his book that there is one major factor which is holding boys back and that is literacy. If that is solved then boys will be able to catch up with their female counterparts. There are two things which have been an integral foundation for classroom learning and those are reading and writing. That said literacy is also becoming a foundation for classroom learning, according to Whitmire extra emphasis on literacy which was experienced in early years sets a lot of male learners back before even trying. Whimire goes on to explain that boys tend to be at a developmental disadvantage especially when it comes to challenges in literacy early in their childhood.