Education in Schools

Last updated: 19/12/2016

Most of my texts on education and schools are published in Dutch only. On request I can tell more about them. The central theme in this field is doing right by both boys and girls in their own way. Equal treatment may sound fine, but gives unequal results. In many ways most boys learn differently from most girls. Boys and girls have equal value, but they need their own treatment to grow into well-balanced adults. This is not a plea for separate education; on the contrary. The differences can change in time; separation could amplify these differences, and the world exists of both men and women. In their childhood and adolescence, they learn social behavior towards each other. For example, boys can be helped in self-regulation, in managing their energy, in planning, language and social skills, whereas girls can learn to be a bit more daring, experimental, take a bit more risk, to train in spatial movement and visual orientation, leading to better mathematical skills in the long term.

This message has long been neglected in many countries. The secret of getting boys in balance is to support, look at, and listen to them, understanding their qualities and their special developmental tasks and needs – just as girls, but sometimes different. For my orientation regarding these items: please have a look at my General page. Furthermore, I’d like to refer to the work of Freerk Ykema (The Gadaku Institute/Rock and Water program) established in the Netherlands, Australia and elsewhere; see my list of literature by (among others) Michael Gurian (USA), Steve Biddulph and Richard Fletcher (Australia). They have published in English (see my list of resources/literature) and I feel a great affinity to their work.

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