How gender affected me in school?

Throughout school I would say I was classed as a “typical little girl” who played with her dolls, and played games like mums and dads so I often did not see boys and girls being treated differently in school. However, this did not mean unequal opportunities did not occurred, in my class there were more girls than boys meaning when it came to events such as assembly’s many girls were often left out of the main parts for being either too misbehaved or girls like me being too shy. I would not say I was shy girl in the playground or around my friends but when it came to educational events I would hide away and often not be noticed.
Since there seemed to be more girls than boys, you would l think that this would have an influence on the extra-curricular sports and PE lessons planned. I often remember that girls would be annoyed when football was the chosen sport and boys would happily take part whereas when it was a sport such as gymnastics the girls would be excited and often the boys would refuse. Unless you enjoyed sport which was not myself then you would often be landed with sports that involved being talented and not given the option on which sport you preferred. This happened throughout the majority of my school life until I was in my last years of high school where we were able to decide on a sporting route in PE.
In the years since leaving primary school and doing placements in schools I have noticed a huge difference where the Curriculum For Excellence has had on planned lessons by involving both genders and all children equally.

1 thought on “How gender affected me in school?

  1. John MuirJohn Muir

    It is a shame that you feel you were not involved with the sporting aspects of your primary schooling years and that you were not more actively encouraged to participate in things. However the lack of participation from your peers will hopefully allow for you to make positive choices for your own PE activities as a teacher. On the other hand, it’s good to see that you didn’t think there was a huge divide between the boys and girls in your class as a whole.


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