In your experience, do boys get the same amount of encouragement in school that girls do?
My daughter is a senior in high school and has always done very well in school. My son (7th grade), maybe not so much.
But I have noticed this.When my son gets really excited about a school assignment he will work very hard on it and the quality will be equal to or better than anything his sister would have done. But his sister would have gotten an A on the project and my son will come home with a significantly lower grade.
Just yesterday my son came home with a B- on a group project. The three girls in the group got As and the hree boys got B-s. I was surprised because my son is a freakin' EXPERT on the subject matter (Revolutionary War). I thought maybe DS didn't do his share of the work but he proved to me that he did. I asked him why he thought he got the grade he did and he said, "She hates boys. Most teachers do."
I wish I could tell him he's wrong, but I'm seeing too much evidence the other way.
Does your son feel that teachers favor girls in their grading practices? Do you?
Update: I asked DS to ask his teacher why he got a B- when all the girls got As. Apparently she said it was because the girls came in during their study hall to work on the artwork. Surely he must have misunderstood-- artwork should count about ZERO on a social studies project, right? Not to mention that DS couldn't have come in during his study hall anyway because that's when he gets his speech therapy. Looks like I am goign to have to get involved with this one, and that's what I DIDN'T want to do...