Schools Are Emasculating Our Boys

Sexton, Patricia Cayo
November 1965
Education Digest;Nov1965, Vol. 31 Issue 3, p32
The article discusses the conflict between boys and schools in the U.S. In vastly disproportionate numbers, boys are the maladjusted, the low achievers, the truants, the delinquents, the inattentive and the rebellious. National delinquency rates are five times higher among boys than girls. In New York City 63 percent of all dropouts are boys, more than twice as many boys as girls under 15 are currently first admissions to public mental hospitals. beyond conjecture. Boys are often raised by strong and assertive women at home and then turned over to strong and assertive women at school. Seventy-two percent of all teachers, remember, are women. Yet a boy, if he wants to be a real boy, must free himself from the domination of these women and operate under his own power, hence, there is inevitable conflict for those who take on the painful job of struggling out of the maternal cocoon to become men and partial or sometimes total emasculation for those who don't. Unfortunately, the masculine virtues are usually diametrically opposite to the school's female ones. The masculine stress is on aggressiveness in all things, rather than passivity.


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