Friday, June 11, 2010
Previously I had thought that coeducation would be ok at the primary level, but I have been having doubts about this recently. Just this week a boy responded when I chastised some of the boys, "We're boys. We're not girls." Maybe he was attempting to justify his behavior, but he might have had a point. Adults should not think that children are so dumb that they cannot tell that they are being treated unfairly. If the object of classroom discipline is to maintain silence so that the students can learn (read, write, etc.) and to keep children on task, then boys will be more troublesome than girls. But what if the object of primary education were something else? What if the beginning of the acquisition of the the liberal arts were delayed until boys were 7 or 8 or 9?