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Why Are Boys Failing? Boy Code?

Boy Code Affect Boys’ Success at School?

I’m not sure if this is the reason why Boys are Failing at all, but this is part 4/5 of The Globe and Mail‘s look at Why Boys Are Failing?  This is a Canadian publication, so maybe the boy code is stronger there, what with everyone playing hockey??  I don’t know… this is their weakest argument in their excellent series.

Full article here.  Excerpt below.


The boy code: One of five reasons why boys are failing


Why are boys falling behind in school? Kate Hammer takes a look at video games, the education system, the boy code, developmental differences and a lack of role models in search of answers.

  • Teachers, parents and students are all guilty of promoting what has come to be known as a boy code: An antiquated idea of masculinity that paints appearing weak or too keen or asking for help as feminine. It’s the kind of thinking that prevents men from asking for directions, or boys from asking questions in the classroom. It also labels things as masculine or feminine, meaning boys like sports while girls read books. This code can lead to a self-fulfilling prophecy in which boys attain lower academic standards.
  • The boy code persists outside the classroom, too – at home and on the playground – and it can manifest in subtle ways. According to a survey by the National Centre for Education Statistics in the U.S., in 2001 girls aged 3 to 5 were more likely to be read to frequently by a family member, more likely to be told a story and more likely to have recently visited a library.

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

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