How People Learn Differently
Shaun Kerry, M.D.
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 document
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|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 male's most 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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