Boys and Girls – Nature vs. Nurture?
Children in a Classroom, Image from: http://www.designshare.com/portfolio/project/1/546/web_int.classroom.jpg
Years ago, I felt angry anytime people would say things like, “Boys will be boys,” excusing their rough behavior. I was raised during the sixties and seventies, when feminism was popular. I was convinced that there were not true innate differences, that there were mostly differences in rearing practices of the sexes.
Having been a teacher for nearly twenty years now, I have changed my opinion. I do think that generally speaking, most girls adapt more easily to school than most boys, because most girls find it easier to sit still and behave in the classroom. I no longer think it is because of child-rearing practices; I think there is a difference in their brains (and from what I hear it’s caused by hormones in the womb). Of course, every pregnancy is different, accounting for more aggressive girls and quieter boys. But generally speaking, I am coming around to seeing that some of the old stereotypes have some basis in fact. Years ago, I never would have imagined that I’d change my opinion on this issue.
I’m especially interested to know what Psychscribe thinks about this. What do the rest of you think?