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Boys aren't very responsive whereas the girls are very verbal and want to show you how much they know. Boys prefer to ask each other (or the girls) to make sure before they say anything. It's quite different once they gain confidence, when they show their inner selves. (Female teacher: Barbados )
If you tell a boy off he will have forgotten about it the next day. If you tell a girl off she may remind you about it four years on when she's left school. (Teacher: St. Vincent)
If you've had bad words with a boy he may say angry things to you but the next day it's as if nothing has happened. Nothing has changed between you. In one ear and out the other. (Female teacher: St. Vincent)
(My father) thought that homosexuals should be lined up in front of a firing squad. I feel the same way.
I don't feel the same about lesbians but it's more difficult to tell with a woman. After all, women can hold hands and it's acceptable. but can you imagine if two men walked down the road here holding hands, they would be dead.
The boys don't utilize education in the same way. Much of it has to do with image: they don't want to be seen as a nerd and a nerd is someone who works hard at school. They are extremely image conscious, that's not to say the girls aren't. They are sophisticated, stylish and well turned out but the image important to them is not detrimental to their education.
They also prefer to be seen not to work. It's not popular to be male and studious. It's not macho. So some work on the sly. when they do work and apply themselves they will perform very well at tests and in exams and do better than the girls. (Female teacher: Barbados)
Everything has to be Jamaican. Videos, the music and D.J.s and Dance- Hall. It's becoming more and more popular and it's definitely having an affect on our young males. (Female teacher: St. Vincent)
Teachers do treat girls and boys differently and there is a definite tendency to treat boys as if they have no feelings whatsoever. Boys do hurt, can be hurt by words and actions of a teacher. (Female teacher: Barbados)
I am aware that before I did my degree I used sarcasm as one form of discipline control. I never do that now I think it is particularly damaging. Too many teachers assume that children can take it, especially the boys but I think it hurts them just the same. I see it with my own sons. Boys appear tougher because they are taught not to show their feelings or express emotions. Boys don't cry, they learn this from an early age.
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