We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Heh. Reminds me of a biology class at Columbia where I skipped the lectures, missed a couple of quizzes, and got the high score on the final. The professor called me in for a talk as he uncertain how to grade that...
I have a girl and boy and have seen it. She is willing to spend a lot of time on homework and studying. He does it as fast as possible to get to other things. It hasn't occurred to him to care about school yet.
Girls know it too. At least those that are honest about it. One example, when I took Calculus as a senior in HS the smartest kid in the class was a girl. She was the only girl in the class (of about 20). It was an elective and other girls apparently wouldn't risk failure or an average grade, so they wouldn't take the class.
Schools are run by women, for Pete's sake. They favor certain behaviors unconsciously. It's been that way for years. Read Tom Sawyer, Little House, Anne of Green Gables.
It starts at early levels and does not relent. If you read the local honor roll at your Middle Schools and High Schools, you will see girls outnumber boys 2-1. 3-1 on high honors. If this were reversed we would be hearing about it from morning to night.
Here's the catch. Schools do favor girls, and lie to them, implicitly telling them that the rules for success at school are just about the same as the rules for success at life. Because that would seem fair. But when they graduate, and it becomes clear that school rules and life rules only have about a 50% overlap, they feel cheated and enraged. I'm not sure I blame them. They got snookered.
I have wondered whether the emotional energy behind some of the angrier forms of feminism stems from this - that girls who worked harder than their brothers and got better grades now have to recalculate.
It divides the success of boys sharply. They either succeed in the school way (sometimes by alternative strategies), see that life isn't fair and find some other way to skin a cat, or simply fail.
Similarly, the system doesn't work well for girls who don't have those "typical" girl virtues. They scramble and often fail as well.
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"Here's the catch. Schools do favor girls, and lie to them, implicitly telling them that the rules for success at school are just about the same as the rules for success at life. Because that would seem fair. But when they graduate, and it becomes clear that school rules and life rules only have about a 50% overlap, they feel cheated and enraged. I'm not sure I blame them. They got snookered."
Agreed. School-age girls are being extremely misled about what is important for professional achievement, and they think that working hard and obeying rules will lead to success. Boys and "non-girly girls" are left out because they aren't as good at being teacher's pets.
This misconception explains why 80% of young female Democrats supported Barack Obama over Hillary during the 2008 primary elections - they simply had no clue about how most of the world still operates and can't imagine that being a woman can even today be an obstacle to achieving one's dreams. Naive is hardly even the word.
In 7th grade algebra I sat behind Flo Baxter, the prettiest girl in school and might have been the prettiest girl I have ever seen. She couldn't do algebra but she aced every test. Damn, I don't even think I got a kiss for it either. Ahh,but I got my reward. She would turn slightly sideways to whisper a question and I would, how can I say this, enjoy the view.
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