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“a zero tolerance policy for being passive”

Ann Althouse finds a letter to the editor which describes a public school that might favor boys, as opposed to the current ones which purportedly favor girls. I’m not sure about the growing incidence of people saying that elementary education is anti-boy—the same overwhelmingly female faculties populate these schools as ever, after all—but I do think it’d be a great idea if all schools enacted zero tolerance policies for passivity.

UPDATE: Here’s an interesting e-mail:

[My] No. 2 son just finished elementary school today (at Grantham NH Village School). GVS definitely isn’t anti- boy, but boys are absolutely kept on a shorter leash than when I was in elementary (parochial) school, ‘68-‘76. Every recess was a festival of pre-adolescent mayhem, comprised of various iterations of “kill the man with the ball.” That we came in off the asphalt lot with bruises and torn clothes seemed to bother the nuns not a whit. We were worn out, and thus teachable.

My sons always seem to come home intact. Then, they fight with their friends. Frankly, if the teachers are squelching post-lunch rumbles, they’re depriving themselves of any easier go of it in the afternoon.


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