The following comes from an August 19 story on the Time magazine website.
As school begins in the coming weeks, parents of boys should ask themselves a question: Is my son really welcome? A flurry of incidents last spring suggests that the answer is no. In May, Christopher Marshall, age 7, was suspended from his Virginia school for picking up a pencil and using it to “shoot” a “bad guy” — his friend, who was also suspended. A few months earlier, Josh Welch, also 7, was sent home from his Maryland school for nibbling off the corners of a strawberry Pop-Tart to shape it into a gun. At about the same time, Colorado’s Alex Evans, age 7, was suspended for throwing an imaginary hand grenade at “bad guys” in order to “save the world.”
In all these cases, school officials found the children to be in violation of the school’s zero-tolerance policies for firearms, which is clearly a ludicrous application of the rule. But common sense isn’t the only thing at stake here. In the name of zero tolerance, our schools are becoming hostile environments for young boys.
Girls occasionally run afoul of these draconian policies; but it is mostly boys who are ensnared. Boys are nearly five times more likely to be expelled from preschool than girls. In grades K-12, boys account for nearly 70% of suspensions, often for minor acts of insubordination and defiance. In the cases of Christopher, Josh and Alex, there was no insubordination or defiance whatsoever. They were guilty of nothing more than being typical 7-year-old boys. But in today’s school environment, that can be a punishable offense.
Zero tolerance was originally conceived as a way of ridding schools of violent predators, especially in the wake of horrific shootings in places like Littleton, Colo. But juvenile violence, including violence at schools, is at a historic low. The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that in 2011, approximately 1% of students ages 12 to 18 reported a violent victimization at school. For serious violence, the figure is one-tenth of 1%. It does no disrespect to the victims of Columbine or Sandy Hook to note that while violence may be built into the core of a small coterie of sociopathic boys, most boys are not sociopathic.
On the other hand, millions of boys are struggling academically. A large and growing male cohort is falling behind in grades and disengaged from school. College has never been more important to a young person’s life prospects, and today boys are far less likely than girls to pursue education beyond high school. As our schools become more risk averse, the gender gap favoring girls is threatening to become a chasm.
Across the country, schools are policing and punishing the distinctive, assertive sociability of boys. Many much-loved games have vanished from school playgrounds. At some schools, tug of war has been replaced with “tug of peace.” Since the 1990s, elimination games like dodgeball, red rover and tag have been under a cloud — too damaging to self-esteem and too violent, say certain experts….
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MISANDRY – The Hatred of Men & Boys, Masculinity and Normal Heterosexuality, pervades the kulture of the Abomination like fluoride in the water, and is The Tenure Track in the pathetic farce of Academentia.
The Twysted Systers of the Gaystapo Target Boys because they are easier to harm than grown men – and BAMN BAMN (Bash Men – By Any Means Necessary) is the goal of the Pogrom
The Jewish sage, Hillel, said, “In a place where there are no Men, strive to be a Man.”
I believe this means it is a Duty of Good Men to stand against evil, even if the courage of all other’s present deserts them, or at least runs away a bit to see who wins. Ahem.
Eliminating feminist teacher bias erases boys’ falling grades, study finds
Has the Sexual Revolution, and the feminist ideology that drives it, pushed men out of universities by undermining boys in school as early as kindergarten?
– bewilderment as to how the new, more “fair” teaching styles have resulted in poor outcomes for boys and ultimately for the men they must become.
– heavily feminist-driven education paradigm systematically favours girls and disadvantages boys from their first days in school.
The answer lies in the way teachers, who are statistically mostly women, evaluate students without reference to objective test scores. Boys are regularly graded well below their actual academic performance.
The global reach of American left-wing feminism has led to similar changes, and similar outcomes, in nearly every Western nation.
Amen on this article. All the more so in Catholic schools where 90%+ are female teachers. Boys are medicated, emasculated, or marginalized. And it is not new.
Though not feasible in small school districts, single-sex schools may be the answer. Teachers could adapt the curriculum toward boys’ interests and have more sports. Having more men teachers would help, too. It’s known that both boys and girls learn better when not distracted by and attracted to the opposite sex.
Que Sarah Sarah?
“… single-sex schools – adapt the curriculum toward boys’ interests – more sports – more men teachers
It’s known that both boys and girls learn better when not distracted…”
Sarah Smile – for tis only in jest I serenade, mostly because I couldn’t carry a tune with a wheelbarrow. But enuf about us – what about the Children.
As the article above made clear – it is “Feminist” who are The sources of Misandry –
(aka Radical Gender Feminists, as coined byAuthor Christina Hoff Sommers in “Who Stole Feminism – How Women Betrayed Women” – A Must Read lister).
Men XY & Women XX can make Good Teachers (or bad ) – with the “Uncle Tims” often the worst examples of all.
Although I have my own experiences of Replacing one true Twysted Syster for the end of semester, after several gaskets blown at grade school boys in particular.
BTW – Every Kid Needs Physical Activity paced throughout the day, as essential to Learning.
Playgrounds are Imagination Factories, not pens for the unruly. It only looks that way in some places, without even cushioned jungle gym for the little ones.
* I still like Recess, including refereeing all minor scuffles with Solomon like wisdom – the Principal gets the ‘Incorrigibles’ of course…
– Amongst whose ranks I my self was once no doubt numbered. Ahem.
Anywayyy… Softer Surfaces (rubberized) that help kids bounce – can cut down on the ice packs and worse.
A Lot is Needed – But We Can Change That
One of the greatest errors in American society has been the notion that GOD MADE EVERYONE EQUAL. If this really were true, everyone would be an Einstein. We all have a special dignity, because we were made in the image and likeness of God, but we are all different. God created man, and then created woman to COMPLIMENT man, not to compete with him. Because of the Communist Revolution, all differences between male and female are ignored, and equality is enforced. Because of the women libbers, American society has become sissified, in many ways. Baggage weight limits are in effect on Amtrak and all the airlines, because it is difficult for a woman to lift things over 50 pounds. The fire department, the police department, and the armed forces have all become effeminate in order to cater to women. In schools it is where indoctrination first takes place. Virile attributes are condemned, while feminine traits are extolled. The most hated group of people in America today are white, Christian males. Since the school boards are made up of leftist socialistic atheists, is it no wonder why discrimination against boys exists? With all the birth control estrogen chemicals dumped in our water and food supply, men are becoming effeminate, and are losing the qualities God endowed them to have. Bravery and strength are being replaced by tenderness, compromise and weakness. This was one of the many reasons why the Roman Empire fell. Until the DIFFERENCES between men and women are respected, the diabolical disorientation of Satan, who first disputed the difference between Creator and creature, will continue.
The effeminization of the police can be seen where they send in swat teams to deal with minor issues; whereas, prior to the feminization, they’d send one or two cops to deal with it. The swat cops put on an image of being macho, but heavily armored, heavily weaponed and heavily overpowering people is not exactly manly but effeminate.
You are exactly right, Fr. Karl. Men and women are equal in dignity as they both are created in the image of God, but we are different and have different abilities. It is a right brain, left brain thing, along with other hormone related differences. There are always a few exceptions somewhat. I remember reading in a local newspaper magazine an article by a woman. She said that she had bought into the radical feminist idea of the differences between men and women being socialogical until she had her sons. Then she realized it was hormonal and there were differences in brain construction. Also, there have been studies where they put a baby in one side of a room and some mechanical thing on the other. The men entering the room would notice the baby for awhile but would invariably end up at the mechanical device. The women most often stayed with the baby entertaining and mothering it, along with the other women.
Could the fact that most school administrators are promoted teachers be the problem ? Why aren’t schools managed by professional managers instead of teachers ?
The real problem with public schools is that they are public. As such they are controlled by politicians. Not only are they controlled by political hacks, they are exploited for votes. They are controlled by people whose “Objective Number One” is reelection, not public service.
When people wise up (probably never) and force abolition of state controlled education, there might be a chance for sanity in education and for kids to be educated as opposed to indoctrinated. Unfortunately, people actually believe it’s free. Far from it folks, they’re lying to you. Again, and as usual.
If the state pays, you pay. But you don’t get what you think you’re paying for.
There is a comic strip now called Mallard Fillmore in which a character somewhat resembling Daffy Duck discusses current political happenings. Today’s strip showing an owlish professor discussing this very issue. The character declares: “In light of the fact that many grade-school students continue to pretend that their fingers, pencils and pop-tarts are guns, school officials obviously have no choice…but to totally ban fingers, pencils and pastries on school grounds.”
haha. Oh, my. That was funny, Camille! I thought it a very good cause that FLUS Laura Bush promoted, that of equal education…that of the unfair discrimination against boys in schools and that more girls graduated than boys. There is such a terrible trend against making men and especially dads look stupid and inept. We women tend to do it as a joke, but there are many in earnest perpetuating the myth to do damage to the role of fatherhood and their importance to society and the family especially. I loved my mom, but my dad had a far more profound influence on me. Everyone should watch “HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY” to see what a profound gift we have lost by subordianiting the role of father. Also, it is one of the best movies ever made, as far as I’m concerned.
“police tag” and dodgeball were mainstays when I went to Catholic grammer school. No harm in these games, I never saw any reason to ban them, and I wasn’t a very athletic kid.
Real parents who are concerned not only about these “politically correct” policies but the content of the curriculum which is increasingly hostile to TRUTH, BEAUTY, GOODNESS, etc. will take their children out of public schools and either home school them or put them in private schools.
I teach in a Catholic grade school and I assure you no one on staff or faculty practices any of the silliness described in the article. Our kids play as they wish (with the traditional limits of course: no tag running through others’ games, no targeting of heads in dodge-ball, etc). I don’t think the problem public schools is fem-annoyed teachers half as much as administrators’ nervousness about lawsuits in the safety fanaticism atmosphere we have allowed to envelope childhood. Boys’ games naturally result in more injuries (and taking minor cuts and bruises is part of normal healthy boyhood), so they seem to suffer more. But girls who like swings and jungle-gyms have seen their fun cut into as well.
Poor kids….I feel bad for the young men today…I pray that the parents fight the good fight and allow their sons to be themselves….
It’s worst enough that girls are pushed to inappropriate sexual identities but now our boys are mistreated, I agree that this is happening. I grew up with sisters and now that I have boys, I am grateful to understand that they have their needs as young men, I need to move aside and let them explore, climb, pretend hunting etc…I celebrate their manhood and let them bond with their dad, I appreciate how our Lord created us. Our Lord is an awesome God! So is His plan for mankind. Young men…go out and be the best men God created you….tell the feminist movement and their liberals to shove it!
Talk about a SSAD (Same Sex Attraction Disorder) Day… Time for the Rest of the Church to Man Up and Protect Boys… There are alternatives forming, from ‘Saint George’ troops to ‘On My Honor’…
However Like the Gaystapo keeping the building and bank account when the Episcopal parishes split up, and the Faithful had to meet in a parking lot – Soo too the term “scouting”, which stays with the sell outs to said Gaystapo.
SEE ” Pro-family legal group advising Scout-dropping churches how to proceed
Alliance Defending Freedom is providing legal guidance to churches that host Boy Scout troops but want to drop the pro-homosexual organization.
ADF senior counsel Erik Stanley, himself an Eagle Scout, says the law group is providing information to churches “so that they can protect their freedom to freely preach the gospel.”
“Churches cannot abandon their duty to be a witness to our nation’s youth,” says Stanley, “but they must be able to continue to make decisions based on their religious principles.”
…since many of the troops are hosted by churches, many are looking to disassociate with the program.
– churches aren’t abandoning the Boy Scouts – it is the Scouts that abandoned the “principles that prompted churches and Scout troops to bond.”
ADF has issued a memo explaining legal principles for churches to consider.
Meanwhile, Boy Scouts alternative OnMyHonor.net will hold a convention next month in Nashville to announce the name of a new group with principles that reflect the Bible.
The story about Gonzaga is just one example – of the pathetic farce of pandering that even ‘catholic’ (small ‘c’) Academentia has become:
“…Dewolf argues that the University’s decision to violate its own stated beliefs is a “scandal” that leads Catholics astray.
Sadly, this conforms to what has become the culture at Gonzaga University. Instead of the Church’s teaching on sexuality at the forefront, with dissenting views tolerated in the spirit of academic freedom
—but clearly and authoritatively refuted
—it is common for dissenting views to be treated as normative, and those who support the Church’s teaching to be regarded as aberrational. So when President McCulloh assures us that the “position of the Roman Catholic Church” will be clearly communicated, we should remember that actions speak louder than words.
Whatever might be said in defense of the Church’s teachings, the decision to capitulate, with barely a shrug of the shoulders, to unjust and immoral threats by the Obama Administration, communicates volumes about what Gonzaga really stands for.
Instead of complying only when forced to, and with an explanation of why such surrender was morally justified, Gonzaga’s early compliance created the impression that they were eager to comply, at a time when other universities were fighting the good fight…
The decision of the Obama Administration to impose an unjust mandate admittedly forced Gonzaga, along with other Catholic institutions, to make tough choices.
If it simply flinched in the face of pressure, out of cowardice, it would be understandable, if regrettable.
But let us not deceive ourselves as to what this decision really says about Gonzaga University.