Composition_5(3) - Outline of War Against Boys

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Outline of “War Against Boys” 1.(claim) The shooting at Columbine High last spring might be said to symbolize  the spirit of American boys. 2.That boys are in disrepute is not accidental. 3.In the view that has prevailed in American education over the past decade,  boys are resented, both as the unfairly privileged sex and as obstacles on the  path to gender justice for girls. 4.The idea that schools and society grind girls down has given rise to an array  of laws and policies intended to curtail the advantage boys have and to redress  the harm done to girls. 5.The research commonly cited to support claims of male privilege and male  sinfulness is riddled with errors. 6.  Data from the U.S. Department of Education and from several recent  university studies show that far from being shy and demoralized, today's girls  outshine boys. 7. In the technical language of education experts, girls are academically more  "engaged." 8. School engagement is a critical measure of student success. 9. The performance gap between boys and girls in high school leads directly to  the growing gap between male and female admissions to college. 10. Feminists cannot deny that girls get better grades, are more engaged  academically, and are now the majority sex in higher education. 11. Seizing on the test-score data that suggest boys are doing better than girls. 12.The scores do not even signify lower achievement by girls. 13. Another factor skews test results so that they appear to favor boys. 14. Boys also dominate dropout lists, failure lists, and learning-disability lists. 15. In the past few years girls have been catching up in math and science while  boys have continued to lag far behind in reading and writing. 16. It seems likely that individuals with such poor literacy skills will have difficulty  finding employment in an increasingly information-driven economy 17. Because the focus elsewhere has been on girls' deficits, few Americans know  much about the problem or even suspect that it exists. 18. Indeed, so accepted has the myth of girls in crisis become that even teachers  who work daily with male and female students tend to reflexively dismiss any  challenge to the myth, or any evidence pointing to the very real crisis among boys. 19. Why has that belief persisted, enshrined in law, encoded in governmental and 
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2010 for the course ENGLISH ESL 33A taught by Professor Martin during the Spring '09 term at Pasadena City College.

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Composition_5(3) - Outline of War Against Boys

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