Christina Hoff Sommers, the civil-libertarian feminist, or contrarian-feminist, at Time: ‘What Schools Can Do to Help Boys Succeed:’
‘Being a boy can be a serious liability in today’s classroom. As a group, boys are noisy, rowdy and hard to manage. Many are messy, disorganized and won’t sit still. Young male rambunctiousness, according to a recent study, leads teachers to underestimate their intellectual and academic abilities.’
Clearly, many educators, especially of young children, are women (some of whom do an excellent job). Much of our educational system is bureaucratic in nature, in an attempt to provide standards, structure and feedback to each student. Over time, bureaucracies tend to create incentives which catch up with them (see Pournelle’s Iron Law Of Bureaucracy). Bureaucracies often come to be controlled by the ‘company men’ within them, the people who’ve learned only how to become masters of the reef of rules, regulations, and internal procedures. As a result, bureaucracies often come to a point where they’re no longer able to adapt to the needs of the people they serve, nor reality: They become clunky, wasteful, and resistant to change. Talented and well-meaning newcomers enter with high ideals, learning later… Bureaucracies can also become havens for ideological interests.
So, you’re a young boy: You’re in an institution surrounded mostly by women teachers, run very often by women administrators (though men congregate in administrative positions), and which forms part of a large bureaucracy. Some of the people seeking to control this bureaucracy are women who call themselves feminists, many of whom are ideologues who insist there are no differences between the sexes at all (or if there are differences, they are to be understood as women having suffered some deep injustice as both superior to men and as victims, men and boys must become victims too).
Not exactly a welcoming environment, no?
As to that feminist ideologue part. It’s almost like they’re a religious cult: Cathy Young At Minding The Campus: ‘Trigger Warnings–A Ludicrous Step Towards Censorship:’
‘Twenty years ago, critics such as Christina Hoff Sommers, Daphne Patai and Noretta Koertge, and Karen Lehrman described the bizarre “therapeutic pedagogy” in many women’s studies classrooms, where female students were frequently encouraged to share traumatic or intimate experiences in supportive “safe spaces.” Today, at many colleges, academic therapism has spread to other fields. Welcome to the age of the trigger warning. ‘
Do you really want these people running our institutions?
Related Links: Christina Hoff Sommers (wikipedia) is trying to replacing gender feminism with equity feminism. She also wrote The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men.
Are You Man Enough? Nussbaum v. Mansfield…From The Harvard Educational Review-A Review Of Martha Nussbaum’s ‘Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education.’
A very Harvard affair: The Spelke/Pinker debate-The Science Of Gender And Science
Repost-Revisting Larry Summers: What Did He Say Again?…
Harvey Mansfield At The City Journal: ‘Principles That Don’t Change’…
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I can testify to the truth of the “feminaization” of education. Poor little boys who are squashed of their natural behavior and learning style. School is usually run by women and modeled on girl behavior. Parents need to be on the look-out for this prejudice and advocate for their boys. My son went to an all boys’ high school, but I realized that is not possible for everyone. .
Anne, thanks for stopping by!
I agree and am glad your son was able to get a good education