Monday, June 23, 2008

Shut up, Woman!

I have been saying for years that the problem with boys in primary grades is not a problem with the boys, but a problem with the school system in the primary grades. Boys at that age don't learn the same way that girls that age do. Boys need movement, need to burn energy, learn through activities. Some girls can learn this way, but primarily they can sit still and listen to the teacher.

I am a strong advocate that students, regardless of gender, should be separated by learning needs. Instead of sedating a "hyperactive" child with drugs and forcing a square peg into a round hole, why not design a square hole?

I had a patient one day ask me about her son and the school's request that she consider Ritalin. I told her to ask the school reps what they were doing to accommodate her son's special needs. She stared at me like I was speaking Martian. It never occurred to her that the school was required to meet his needs, not the other way around.

Women teachers fail to engage with boys because they talk too much in high-pitched voices, according to a parenting expert.

Celia Lashlie, an education adviser and author, said women should 'step back and shut up' in the classroom. (source)
I loved this response:
Her remarks angered teachers. Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT union, said she was talking 'a load of claptrap'.

Mrs Keates said: 'It is disappointing that a woman has felt the need to pander to the views of a tiny group of men who present themselves as the oppressed minority.'
Of course the teachers' union would object. Ms. Lashlie wants the school system to attend to the needs of the students. What does that have to do with running a school?

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