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This paper identifies and describes the structural differences between male and female brains and argues that our schools are not sufficiently hospitable to boys and are not doing what they could to address boys' unique academic and emotional needs. The paper outlines four major ways in which schools are failing the boys and details numerous behavioral differences between males and females that begin in the brain. The paper contends that a responsible educational system must address these differences if our children are going to achieve their full potential.
From the Paper:"Gurian (1996) points out that the male and female brains are structurally different. For instance, the male brain is 10 to 15 times the weight of the female brain. In the past, these differences have been used to support beliefs that one gender is superior over the other. Over the past quarter century talk about the structural differences between male and female brains has been avoided, and even discouraged. The result is that our current society tries not to tailor child raising techniques toward boys and girls themselves.
"In at least seven of the measured brain structures there are structural differences between the male and female brain. Gurian (1996) sites the work of Laurie Allen, brain researcher at UCLA, in order to describe these differences (pp. 13-15). If we had X-ray glasses and could look into our children's heads we would we see? Besides the difference in size, the boy's brain is at least 10% larger than the girl's; we would also notice that within the smaller girl's brain is al larger corpus callosum than the boy's brain. The corpus callosom is the bundle of nerves that connects the brain's right and left hemispheres."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Arnold, L. E. (1996, October). Sex Differences in ADHA: Conference Summary: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of Abnormal Psychology. in looksmart. Retrieved May 4, 2010, from www.findersarticles.com
- Gurian, M. (1996). The wonder of boys: what parents mentors and educators can do to shape boys into exceptional men. New York: Putnam.
- Jackson, D. A., & King, A. R. (2004, April). Gender differences in the effects of oppositional behavior on teacher ratings of ADHD symptoms. Journal of Abnormal Psychology. Plenum Publishing Corp. Retrieved May 4, 2010 from http://ipassapp008.kluweronline.com
- Pollack, W. (1998). Real boys: Rescuing our sons from the myths of boyhood. New York: Henry Holt and Company.
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Learning and Gender (2013, February 03) Retrieved December 10, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/learning-and-gender-152373/
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