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The Crisis in Masculinity Myth: What's At Stake and How we can Truly Help our Male Students. 11/10/12 Presented by GRC. Learning Objectives. Identify how myths are reinforced through various filters and frame of references (media, peers, administrators).

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the crisis in masculinity myth what s at stake and how we can truly help our male students

The Crisis in Masculinity Myth: What's At Stake and How we can Truly Help our Male Students

11/10/12

Presented by GRC

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify how myths are reinforced through various filters and frame of references (media, peers, administrators).
  • Identify what specific myths and questions inhibit administrators’ ability to teach men.
  • Incorporate specific models and strategies into truly addressing the needs of male students.
what the research says

30% more likely to dropout than girls

  • Girls outperform boys at all levels form elementary school to graduate school
  • Boys less likely to get BA’s (44% vs. 56%) and graduate degrees (45% vs. 55%)
  • Make up 2/3 of special ed students
  • 5 times more likely to have ADHD
What the Research Says…
therefore what we believe

Men are basically Neanderthals:

    • Dumb
    • Aggressive
    • Impulsive
Therefore, what we believe . . .

…And so do Marketers…and so do the young men.

deficit ideology

Approaching students based upon our perceptions of their weakness rather than their strengths.

    • Therefore, it deteriorates our expectations for students and weakens educators’ abilities to recognize giftedness in its various forms (Ford & Grantham, 2003)
    • It mistakes difference for deficit
Deficit Ideology
other deficits ideology myths

Men have more sexual partners than women

  • Men are the more aggressive gender
  • Women are the greatest victims of men’s violence
Other Deficits Ideology Myths
on the other side

Despite their relative improvement, women’s average earnings are still lower than men’s and women remain more likely to be poor.

  • Today, women make up almost 40 percent of full-time workers in management. But the median wages of female managers are just 73 percent of what male managers earn.
  • only4 percent of the C.E.O.’s in Fortune’s top 1,000 companies are female (Coontz, 2012)
  • According to a Pew Research study 77% of people think a college degree is necessary for women to get ahead while only 68% think the same for women.
On the Other Side
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Parenting Styles

  • How does our current society Parent our Young Men?
  • How does our field?
what are you going to do

Think about what students you have in contact with.

  • How can you challenge and support them into become a better man?
  • Talk with a few people near you
What Are You Going to Do?
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Thank You!

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