Gender in the Classroom

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Earlier in the week our guests weighed in the role of gender in the workplace.

But what is gender's role in education?

Studies show that boys do better in classes taught by men, and girls thrive in classes taught by women. Teachers may have different experiences as well.

Jennifer Finney Boylan is entering her 25th year as a professor at Colby College in Maine. As a transgender woman, the first 12 years she taught as man, and for the past 13 years she has been teaching as a woman.

Professor Boylan describes her transgender transition in academia as one from “a world of male privilege” to “being a member of one of the most marginalized groups in the country.”

Jennifer Finney Boylan joins The Takeaway to explain her understanding of gender and education.


Jennifer Finney Boylan

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman


T.J. Raphael

Comments [2]

Ed from Larchmont

We get interviews with transgender people. OK. How about an interview with a devout Catholic? Or Jewish person?

Sep. 11 2013 03:39 PM
Zina from Seattle, WA

Ms. Finney Boylan noted that students seem to take less notes and tend to contribute to class discussions more now than in the past. In my college experience, that is not so much related to the gender of the professor, as it is to the way Universities emphasize a more collaborative learning model. Students are now taught to think more critically and less independently than ever before. I attended school immediately after graduating from high school in 1981, then went back to finish coursework in the late 2000s. It was an extreme difference for me, since I was used to a more rote way of learning. That said the class in which I took the most notes was a History of Science course taught by a woman.

Sep. 11 2013 01:50 PM

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