The Boys at the Back | Essay

In the beginning of the 20th Century, there were more girls than boys who attended university.

Girls were expected to stay at home, look after the children and to be the ideal housewife. In the 1970s, the gender roles became a political agenda and women began to fight for equal rights to education and equal pay.

As a result, girls are now ahead of boys in grades and the number of students who attend advances classes or university.

This is also the main theme in the article “The Boys at the Back” written by Christina Hoff Sommers on The New York Times’ website on February 2, 2013. Sommers discusses the question of whether or not society needs to focus more on the boys and their roles in the educational system.

To begin with it can be clarified that the overall discussion in the article is the gender gap in relation to education with a focus on the boys. The author Christina Sommers points out that boys score as well as or better than girls on most standardized tests, but boys generally achieve lower grades in class and are less likely to attend university.

Moreover, Sommers mentions a study that reveals that boys’ grades in class are influenced by their behavior. Opposite the girls, who are more biddable, boys find it difficult to respect roles and to concentrate.

Sommers emphasizes that it is essential to also focus on the boys, when it comes to education, and that it fundamental should be addressed by the educational system.

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