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Position_Analysis_Sample - Dr Zerwin SLCC Fairview High...

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Dr. Zerwin, SLCC, Fairview High School Sample Position Analysis Part One 1. How does gender influence the process of achieving a good education and utilizing one’s intelligence? 2. Three sources with distinct positions: a. Sommers, Christina Hoff. “The War Against Boys” http://www.theatlantic.com/ issues/2000/05/sommers.htm : Boys are favored to be more successful in terms of standardized test scores and straightforward intelligence. Yet, girls are excelling more in college-preparatory classes and enrolling in college more than boys. b. Sadker, Myra and David. Failing at Fairness . Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1994: A single-sexed classroom allows for individuals to be more comfortable and less competitive in a classroom. Sexes will be more likely to pursue “non-traditional” areas of interest with the absence of the other sex. c. Kaminer, Wendy. “The Trouble with Single-Sexed Schools” http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/98apr/singsex.htm .: A single-sexed classroom takes away the dynamics of diversity and contributes to the gender stereotypes of society. They only stimulate sexes to stay within the unwritten by-laws of their gender and contribute to emotional stress on individuals who do not fit such standards. 3. Explaining each position: a. An article by Christina Hoff Sommers explains, “This we think we know: American schools favor boys and grind down girls. The truth is the very opposite. By virtually every measure, girls are thriving in school; it is boys who are the second sex.” The idea that boys are dominating education is a total misconception and the standards of measurement aren’t accurate. It is clear that gender does play a major role in the education process, both consciously and unconsciously. b. The success of single-sexed classrooms is directly related to the segregation of genders in the classroom. A book entitled Failing at Fairness deals with
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