Researchers express their increasing concerns that schools have become devoted to serving the needs of those children they feel comfortable with, that is calm, easily manageable, ready to collaborate and ambitious students. Teachers are more willing to encourage and reward them, promote their interest in mathematics, science and other disciplines.
Researchers speculate on whether or not this is the reason why high-school education has become so female-focused in recent years. Naturally, girls’ interest in STEM-related disciplines should be promoted and inspired, however the question is: “Is it only because they want girls to succeed in male-dominated fields or are girls just easier to manage?”
Boys, by all odds, tend to be more disruptive in class especially in elementary schools. They pay little attention to school rules; do not spend enough time doing their homework assignments and end up feeling very much disengaged and demotivated.
This conclusion is not unconditional, of course, but boys really constitute the most part of those who do not fit. People who still doubted this a decade ago, when the question was first raised, feel much more self-righteous now with statistics numbers available to prove it. Boys do lag behind girls in studies, even when we speak about STEM classes, something that boys have historically been good at and considered to be their forte. However, now with so much attention being paid to promoting girls’ interest in STEM, this gap seems to be closing. Universities and colleges appear to be aware of this for they are currently lowering their admission requirements just to let more boys become their students.
There might be a few underlying causes for this. Firstly, the age of information we are living in, demands people to be socially and mentally mature at an early age. The ability to control emotions and impulses is also much appreciated and rewarded. And it is well known that girls are better at such things than boys. Then, there is the expectation issue. The society tends to expect more of girls, that is why they are encouraged to do something that is not exactly “their thing”. Higher attention is placed on making them competitive and thriving in the world of high tech. Boys, on the other hand, are believed to do well enough on their own and thus need no encouragement.
Schools have to help all students promote their interests, whatever those are, encouraging less disciplined. The stress should be made on changing the old-fashioned approach many educators have, to the problem of school conformity. Who says that cooperation in class is more important than competition and that environmental issues are more pressing than military ones?
Once diversity-friendly high-school education has turned into a uniform subculture which antagonizes those who are different and thus do not fit.