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The AAUW report How Schools Shortchange Girls inspired some conflicting ideas in my thoughts on the education girls receive in public schools. At first, I had difficulty accepting the broad accusations of how girls in our country receive inadequate educational opportunities because some of the statements seemed exaggerated and unrealistic to me. For example, I disagree with the fact that by referring to our nation’s students under a grouping such as “students,” we are being unfair to girls. In my opinion, there are contexts in which we must distinguish between male and female students in planning our education, but there are also times were considering youth in America as a whole is appropriate. If we must refrain from addressing boys and girls as unified “students,” aren’t the categories “boys” and “girls” also too generalized because they neglect the differences between other demographic factors such as race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status? While making distinctions and separate educational plans for each gender is important, I felt that the authors were expecting too much by implying that anyone who writes about education without taking the authors’ standpoint on the
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