Shhhh . . . don't tell the thought police . . .
Here's a sample:
. . . I’ve been dipping into a fascinating new book by Leonard Sax called, Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know About The Emerging Science of Sex Differences. This book is interesting because it takes an “outside the box” position on gender. On the one hand, Sax is sharply critical of social constructionism. He hates the idea of androgynous child rearing, and argues that there are powerful and biologically rooted sex differences that do influence learning. On the other hand, Sax thinks the best way to get beyond stereotypes is to first acknowledge the power of real sex differences. Yes, says Sax, girls do more poorly at math because they are bored by the abstractions that fascinate boys. According to Sax, that difference is rooted in brain biology. But Sax says that if you teach girls math using concrete examples, they’ll do just as well as boys. Similarly, if you teach boys languages or arts by using their strong spacial perception abilities, or their love of competition,, boys will do much better at these subjects than they usually do. Sax is a big proponent of single sex education. Paradoxically, he says, gender neutral education favors the learning style of one sex or the other, and so only drives men and women into the usual stereotyped fields. The best way to raise your son to be a man who is caring and nurturing, says Sax, is to first of all let him be a boy. The best way to produce a female mathematician is to first of all let her be a girl.
As the mother of two young girls, and as someone who has noticed increasingly -- since the advent of parenthood -- that boys and girls are different from one another (and not just in the obvious ways), I've become very interested in these issues.