Our schools need to help boys become men? Part III

17 Sep
In Part I, we saw an article that highlighted how poorly schools were doing with boys. In Part II, we saw that we should expect the exact opposite: there should be more boys excelling at school than girls, given the different distributions of intelligence.
So what the heck is going on?
To figure this out, we need to go back to Christina Hoff Sommer’s exceptional book The War Against Boys. Let’s do a super-condensced, Readers’ Digest version of it:
– In 1990, feminist Harvard academic Carol Gilligan informed the world that “America’s adolescent girls were in crisis.” Despite there being no real empirical evidence for this claim, feminists went berserk such that in a relatively short time, the topic became a virtual national emergency. Only there wasn’t one – it was all morbid feminist fantasy.
– Entities like the American Association of University Women (AAUW) marketed “research” which supported this girl-victim fantasy, but tended to ignore or exclude research showing that it wasn’t true. It’s as if every feminist organization in the US wanted this to be “true,” and went out of its way to make it appear so. And, as they say, a lie repeated often enough becomes the truth.
– In response to this dire “crisis” – all feminist rubbish – Congress even enacted the Gender Equity in Education Act. Now feminist researchers and activists had even more money to “research” the non-existent problem of mass suffocation of girls’ education.
– The reality was that: girls were getting better grades; girls had higher educational aspirations; they followed amore rigorous academic program; they participated more in the prestigious Advanced Placement (AP) program; there were slightly more female students enrolled in high-level math and science courses; and girls outnumbered boys in student governments, at school newspapers, and even in debating clubs. Don’t get me going about reading and writing. Sports was the only area in which boys held a lead, and feminist activists targeted this “with a vengeance.”
– Even teachers generally believed the feminist propaganda – goodness knows the media was terribly irresponsible in parroting feminist claims. This was even though the truth of boys’ educational plight was staring teachers right in the face.
– Hence came a bunch of initiatives to address the girls’ “crisis.” What these were really doing was giving girls an unfair advantage in school. “In the United States, a proposal to do something special for boys usually gets plowed under before it has a chance to take root.” Britain was much more advanced than the US in recognizing boys’ problems; apparently Canada is nothing to brag about.
– As if this wasn’t bad enough, feminists starting to consider the cause of this girls’ “crisis.” Clearly it was due to “patriarchy” – according to feminists, boys were socialized to be dominant and to suppress adolescent girls in school. Thus, boys were to be socialized to be like girls. Thus, the very essence of being a boy became bad in the education system, although this wasn’t obvious. Feminists held that men were responsible for all violence.
– This more or less starts the feminist belief that gender is merely a “social construct” in earnest. Since boys’ gender is obviously bad (to feminists), they basically have to “educate” boys to behave socially like girls. Which, if you’re a boy, is really not much fun at all. Despite this having no basis in reality, this is what was and still is happening.
– Thus, you have the fabricated adolescent girls’ “crisis” at the very time that girls had generally caught up to boys in school. Feminists activists go to town to correct the “crisis,” and suppress any notion that this is all rubbish. Girls are given substantial extra resources to get ahead, while at the same time just being a boy was unofficially and surreptitiously declared to be “bad.” Normal male behaviour was effectively defined as bad and was to be driven out of them through deceptive educational policies and practices. As a result, boys are made to feel bad about themselves merely for being boys, although this is never generally openly stated.
All under the deranged feminist guise of the manufactured “crisis” for girls. How on Earth could such an outrageous, fraudulent, deceitful, duplicitous, heartless, cunning, manipulative and controlling feminist program of oppression of boys in the educational system ever have taken place, and why hasn’t it been corrected?
As it turns out, there is a very rational explanation as to why.
(To be continued …)
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9 Responses to “Our schools need to help boys become men? Part III”

  1. A Star-Crossed Lover September 21, 2013 at 12:03 am #

    Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, YES!! I think your blog is going to be bad for me as well. I can’t wait to read more!

    • navigator1965 September 21, 2013 at 12:24 am #

      Glad you liked it! Actually, you might enjoy the book I have coming out in a few months even more. You can ask Dotta from Project O if you’d like an independent opinion.

  2. Winifred M. Reilly September 23, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    After seeing your comments on Project O I came on over here to see what you’re up to.

    I’d say you and I probably agree on about as many things as we disagree. 🙂
    Nonetheless, I really enjoyed all your posts. The 3 pieces about boys were really interesting. I raised two boys into fine men and that was no easy task.

    My experience is that boys catch a raft of crap in school for being boys (squirmy, not overly into pleasing authority, a bit raw at the edges, easily bored when not engaged…) I had to go to bat for them regularly.

    I’d love to check out your book.

    If you haven’t done so, check out my blog. Book in the pipeline.

    • navigator1965 September 23, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

      Winifred,

      Thanks for the privilege of your visit here. I’ve just come from your place, and look forward to reading some of your posts once the Project O volume winds down.

      Yes, those rascally boys can be a challenge, but what rewards they are when they turn out right. (Daughters too.) Thanks for your kind words on the boys and schools posts.

      Look forward to your book. Regarding mine, I suspect that with your background you’ll find it very interesting on a couple of levels. Please fire me an email at themirrorbooks@gmail.com if you’d like an advanced courtesy look. The manuscript should be back from the editor in a week or two, but it’s in fairly good shape as it is. A wonderful local Professor of English volunteered to go through it and she caught most of those minor punctuation and grammar mistakes that I could no longer see.

      She gave me rather positive feedback on both my general thesis and the book itself, so that is very encouraging.

  3. Mimi Laroche September 26, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    Hey, I just dropped,in to say, wow, this really strong stuff ( I mean, firmly opinionated). Being partially feminist ( I don’t see the point of being a complete feminist, I mean being strong and confident is one thing, but putting all of the opposite sex beneath you is just wrong) thanks for the enlightenment ;😃

    • navigator1965 September 26, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

      Mimi,

      Thank you so much for dropping by and sharing your honest comments. I am, by nature, driven to make sense of things and to discern the truth, which is far easier said than done. In my forthcoming book – 1st of two -, I am going to lay the ground work to tackle the very point you make about how being strong and confident as a woman in the true senses of these words is the complete opposite of being a “complete” feminist as you describe her.

      I used my 30 year military background as a basis to analyze feminism. I don’t think anyone has ever thought to do this before. What I found was quite disturbing. It has nothing to do with genuine equality or women’s rights. To again borrow from your language, “complete” feminism uses these issues as a Trojan Horse to disguise what it is really about. It was only through a unique combination of circumstances that I was able to discern this.

      One of my big desired outcomes in this fairly major books project is that I explain, is very simple but intellectually rigorous terms, the truth of what you seem have intuitively grasped. I hope that by doing this, I can offer women a means by which they can not only completely respect themselves as women and feel wonderful about themselves as women (and have men feel similarly about women), but also give them the confidence that this is based on rock-solid truth. All while respecting genuine fundamental rights and freedoms, no less.

      I’m going to do this in the same strong stuff / firmly opinionated way, but tempered with a lot of love.

  4. Lori September 27, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

    I’m curious why you think teaching boys to become men is the school’s responsibility.

    • navigator1965 September 27, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

      I don’t – the series isn’t finished yet. But what is happening is that feminist influences have essentially defined boys’ natural behaviour as being inherently bad, and it works to make school a boy-hostile environment.

      • Lori September 28, 2013 at 12:43 am #

        Thank you. I wasn’t clear if you thought the schools were responsible since you never said either way.

        I agree that the feminist influences are very negative for boys. We need boys to grow up to be men, fathers, and leaders of their home.

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