How People Learn
Diplomate, American Board
of Psychiatry and Neurology
When I was a child, I was struck by the fact that girls generally
enjoyed school, but boys didn't.
I urge you to read a fascinating
|concerning how one's gender influences the learning process. This
article describes this phenomenon, and draws the conclusion that today's
classroom teaching methods are disproportionately geared toward the
needs of females. My proposal for educational reform has gained
far more support from men than from women. The document to which I
have referred will explain why.
It is not my intent to alienate members of either
gender. Obviously, we need the efforts of both men and
women to bring about any social progress in our society. Our
proposals do not force anyone to ascribe to a particular method of
learning, rather, they advocate the creation of more options and a
greater freedom of choice. Whether you are male or female, you
will agree that we desperately need advances in medical and energy
research. I apologize if this sounds sexist, but a majority of
these advances in research will most likely come from men.
||Most men detest
classrooms and prolonged
lectures. They require action, movement, and the freedom to
explore their own interests.
One of a
critical needs is satisfaction with his work.
When this need is stifled, the
result is anger and
|apathy. These feelings are painful, and
the male brain adapts to this through the use of denial, and a greatly
decreased awareness of emotion. This entire process often occurs
beneath the level of awareness.
Denial and lack of
emotional integration cause men great difficulty in
relating to women and sustaining committed relationships. This
impairs their ability to be successful fathers or husbands.
During my professional career as a social psychiatrist, I have seen
this process thousands of times. Though there are many variations
and exceptions to this cycle, to put it simply: Schools hurt men; men
hurt their wives and their children.
Good education involves far more than test scores. It is at the very heart of character
formation. Those who design our educational programs today lack
an understanding of the elements that contribute to healthy
mindfulness. It has become duty to enlighten them.
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