But what about being mothers to boys in school? What are the challenges of parenting boys through their academic development? This week, 4Mothers will be discussing the challenges of teaching boys.
In a 6-part series in 2010, The Globe and Mail investigated a perceived crisis in the education of boys. In the introductory article, Carolyn Abraham notes that
Boys have been recast as the underdogs of academics. It’s a controversial shift – fuelling a complex battle of the sexes – but these days boys are the ones making news, for falling behind and flunking out, from the U.S. to China, from the U.K. to the Philippines, from New Zealand to Canada.
In this article from April 2014, Erin Andersson reports on a study that shows that boys’ poor performance is actually nothing new: boys have been lagging behind girls for the past 100 years:
Boys aren’t falling behind in school. More accurately, they were never ahead.
A new international peer-reviewed study by Canadian researchers has found that over the last 100 years, girls have always done better than boys when it comes to school grades. And not just in language studies, though the gender gap in those subjects is wider: Their findings also hold true in math and science. In those stereotypically “male” subjects, girls have either performed just as well as boys, or do better. These results were not only stable over time, but across nationalities and race. And while boys do make up some ground in math and science in high school, girls still do better than them.
How does our experience measure up to these alarm calls? Is there a crisis in our own boys’ education? Stay tuned for our perspectives on teaching boys.