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    Posted February 24, 2014 by
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    Build a world where my daughter will always raise her hand when she knows the answer.


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Sbaradell says that, according to studies, teachers are more likely to call on children who yell out as they raise their hands, and this behavior is much more common in boys. "I think teachers need to be mindful of this", said Scott, "and not simply call on boys for being louder." He thinks that teachers also compound the problem by having a double standard and admonishing girls who call out as they raise their hands. "To be fair, the real issue is not teachers per se, but our social norms generally," said Scott. "As parents, we are more likely to tolerate loud and boisterous behavior in boys." He has two boys and a girl and he tries to use the same standard for all his children. "That's the only way our children will get to college on equal footing when in comes to vocal leadership in the classroom."
    - marcelacnn, CNN iReport producer

    We still live in a world where boys are encouraged to be more assertive than girls in school. Studies have shown that while boys and girls in early grades raise hands at equal frequency, boys tend to dominate over time by raising their hands more frequently or shouting as they raise their hands. It has been documented that boys call out answers rather than raising their hands up to eight times more than girls, and that girls who call out answers are more likely to be chastised by their teachers. By college, men tend to raise their hands and lead discussions at a higher rate than women, particularly in traditionally male-dominated fields.
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