Differencence Of Gender Segregation In High School

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The high school I attended was called Eastern Hills High School and was located in Fort Worth Texas. The area primarily contained students of middle and lower class. As far as race, about eighty percent of students were African American, ten percent were Hispanic, five percent were white, and the other five percent consisted of mixed races. Administration at my high school primarily consisted of women as they represented eighty percent of the staff. However, from high school, I also saw that the higher occupations were held by men. For example, all of those who worked in high offices such as the principal and vice-principal were men, while women occupied jobs such as teachers and counselors. This was consistent with what I experienced in primary …show more content…
Although small values were different for my high school, most of the values were consistent with each school. One primary difference, between my high school and others may have been that there was gender segregation displayed. Gender segregation is something you expect in elementary and middle school as dances, lines for lunch, and even selected classes were segregated. However, this is not something widely experienced in high school. And although gender segregation was not always displayed, for testing days, this was a different story. For my senior year of high school, when younger individuals would test, the school would separate seniors into groups of guys and groups of girls. We would then spend the whole day with just girls, if we were girls, or just guys, if we were guys, as we participated in rotations. It was one of the oddest displays for high school, especially since I was used to this system in elementary and middle school, but not high …show more content…
One included me as I first arrived at Eastern Hills. When I began high school, I came from a background of being average. I wanted to change this by excelling in all of my classes. I did this through constantly studying and maintaining a 4.0 all throughout high school and graduating as the salutatorian. However, when I began to do this, I saw a new expectation that was enforced through my peers. My peers began to label me, and any other girl who would display their intelligence, as things such as a teachers pet; a know it all; and worst of all stuck up. Here, it was expected by peers and it was inexplicitly expressed that women should not dominate in academics. Another example of gender expectations was with a young man who wanted to try out for the cheerleading team. Although his sexual orientation was not different from any other guy at the school, he was labeled things such as gay or a fag all because he had a passion to dance. This was another gender expectation of men not liking to dance, and that man couldn’t participate in “women” athletics. Through the labels place on me and to the male cheerleader at my school, we experienced this concept of gender policing. These were the consequences of not following gender

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