Equality in the Classroom

Male and Female Standards within a School Atmosphere

Molly Harrigan, Fall 2015 J1 Student

Women are not as strong as men.”

There are so many stereotypes with gender out in the world, but have you ever thought about the stereotypes of genders in the classroom? The way a girl and a boy are treated by a teacher are on two separate planets.

“Who’s paper is this — it looks like a boy’s handwriting.”

Almost every student has heard a teacher say this about a million times. Girls are supposed to have perfect neat handwriting while ALL boys have horrible messy handwriting.

Why can’t a girl have sloppy handwriting?

Why can’t a boy have nice handwriting?

Yelling, making inappropriate jokes, talking, walking around during class, etc. is a normal boy’s behavior in a classroom. Boys in general can get away with a lot more things. If a girl did one of these things even one time they would get in trouble beyond belief.

Boys are considered to be more rambunctious than girls so teachers let them get away with things because of this one saying — “Oh they’re just boys.”

This shouldn’t be an excuse though.

You never hear a teacher say “Oh they’re just girls”. Girls have to follow the guidelines that they are always going to be the good students who are quiet and just do their work.

The stereotype for girls is that they are the straight-A student while boys are there just to have fun.

Standards need to go for both genders and teachers need to enact upon that.Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 11.22.20 AM