Thursday, January 26, 2006

 

Boy Sues His High School For Bias Against Boys

Today The Boston Globe reports a boy has filed a civil rights complaint against his high school.
At Milton High School, girls outnumber boys by almost 2 to 1 on the honor roll. In Advanced Placement classes, almost 60 percent of the students are female

It's not that girls are smarter than boys, said Doug Anglin, a 17-year-old senior at the high school.

Girls are outperforming boys because the school system favors them, said Anglin, who has filed a federal civil rights complaint contending that his school discriminates against boys
Anglin receives support from the female class president.
Of the 22 students in her honors Spanish class, only one is a boy, said Little, a senior. She also said that teachers rarely ask her for a hall pass if she is not in class, while they routinely question boys walking behind her.

As for assignments, she said, one teacher expects students to type up class notes and decorate their notebooks with glitter and feathers.

"You can't expect a boy to buy pink paper and frills to decorate their notebooks," Little said.
At least the other kids understand. I found this next item interesting because, as a basketball player, I received phys ed credit for playing sports. I never took a phys ed class in high school, just basketball and running track.
School official said they cannot give credit for sports and are unlikely to allow students to take courses without grades.
Most colleges allow you to audit a course if you pay tuition. But high schools do have more limited resources.

I'm curious to see how this turns out. I'm not real optimistic. I believe that the people and institutions are so used to seeing all discrimination as being against females and ethnic minorities that they wouldn't recognize anti-male gender bias if it hit them in the face.

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