Education is considered an essential social institution in post-modern society, with governments at all levels contributing millions of dollars each year. Academic testing and streaming are used by educators, policy makers, and governments to ensure that these funds are well spent. The results of academic testing are also used to evaluate school boards, individual schools, and students. According to Wotherspoon, public education in Canada is under attack and up for debate. One growing debate in public education is the apparent underachievement of boys. Are boys in academic trouble? Have classrooms and teachers become anti-male? What is the reality of the gender gap in Canadian public education? What can be done to address the perceived or real problem of underachieving boys?
|Keywords:||Public Education in Canada, Anti-Male Schools, Underachieving Boys, Government Revenue and Education, Gender Gaps in Education, Rural Schools in Canada, Academic Testing and Streaming, Canadian Private School System|
Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
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