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Comment: Re:Real Story is (Score 2, Insightful) 701

by Rabbit Time! (#24339949) Attached to: No Gap Found In Math Abilities of Girls, Boys
I LOVE this argument. I mean, I admit that I'm only in my 20's, so I guess I wasn't around when kids were allowed to jump around rambunctiously in class and shout answers. But even if there were such a time (which, seriously, I doubt...from my understanding classrooms have gotten less, rather than more strict), are you seriously arguing that boys are doing more poorly because they're forced to behave in a way appropriate to a classroom setting? And if this is the case, why are we deciding that this is a good thing, and not a defect inherent to the male gender. Because when girls were too shy to speak up in class, that was a defect...but when boys are apparently too addle-brained to sit down, well then. That's a feature!

Anyway, snark aside, the point is: this is a lame argument. Boys doing poorly because they are inherently unable to sit down and pay attention is a) not really true (because, um...in the super-strict classrooms of days gone by, boys apparently did well) and b) if it were true, misbehavior is not an impulse that should be encouraged anyway. Please try again.

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