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Girls outperform boys across all subjects, in all age groups, and across all racial groups. They secure more university places and suffer fewer disciplinary problems. By contrast, boys are overrepresented in programs for students with special educational needs and account for around 93% of suspensions and disciplinary actions. Is the modern school system designed to benefit girls more than boys?

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As schools have evolved, they have incorporated learning techniques and disciplinary practices that appeal to the ways female students learn and reward their strengths.
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Girls experience soft discipline while boys get intense discipline

Boys and girls are have biases associated to them because of their behavioral differences. In school, the differences are even more pronounced because of the presence of adults being hands on. Because of the differences, parents and teachers often give preferential treatment.
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Context

Men and women have been mentally compartmentalized separately for millenniums. Patriarchal societies outweigh the matriarchal ones. Charles Darwin believed that men were naturally superior to women because of biology. Some countries have lessened the belief in a patriarchy because of women’s rights activism. But there is still separation and biases. The school system, especially elementary and high school, separates genders by behavior, grades, and physical activity.

The Argument

School is a place where children and adults are supposed to focus on learning new skills. Instead, they are distracted by the unfair treatment between different groups of students. One of these unfair groupings is boys versus girls. Unfortunately, school is unfair when it comes to gender and how one is treated over the other. Boys and girls are treated differently in school. Boys are seen as rambunctious and troublesome.[1] They go to detention more often, and they are the first to be kicked out of class. One reason for this is that boys are seen as "insensitive" and must therefore receive tougher discipline. Girls are seen as more sensitive than boys. They cry easier and avoid taking physical risks like boys. When girls get in trouble, they get more patience and have a lot of grace. They’re given excuses for their bad behavior. In the school system, boys are at a disadvantage when it comes to being disciplined fairly.

Counter arguments

Girls are punished equal to boys. As children grow up, they are treated as equals regardless of gender. In college, professors don’t care whether one is a boy or girl. At the end of the day, the student needs to study and pass tests without favoritism. In high school and middle school, girls have more pressure on them than boys. Girls have the expectation of being tame and manageable. Because of the expectation to be perfect, girls aren’t allowed to be laid back, goofy, or fun. Being the “perfect” student isn’t a realistic concept. Academically, girls feel pressure of getting good grades.[2] They are believed to be the ones who cause the most change in the world. Girls will become doctors, mothers, and teachers. Because they want to get good grades, girls have more anxiety and stress.

Premises

[P1] Boys and girls are treated differently in school. [P2] Boys are punished more harshly than girls. [P3] Girls are less troublesome than boys.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] Boys and girls are treated the same in college. [Rejecting P2] Girls get the same amount of punishment as boys. [Rejecting P3] Girls have more pressure on them to succeed than boys.

References

  1. https://www.parenting.com/child/harder-to-raise-boys-or-girls/
  2. https://theconversation.com/girls-may-perform-better-at-school-than-boys-but-their-experience-is-much-less-happy-63161

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