Essay on How Male and Female Students Participate in Class

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How Male and Female Students Participate in Class

According to the Deborah Tannan’s article “How Male and Female Students Participate in Class,” while men suppose it is their duty to contribute to class by speaking up, women do not think that they need to speak up like men do. Most women seem to speak up occasionally when they feel it only requires doing so. Even though a woman speaks up, then she tries to keep silent as long as possible if she feels she would be attacked. A girl communicates in a more intimate and sensitive way with a chosen, trusted one with whom she sits and talks telling secrets. In contrast, for most boys, activities are central, and their best friends are whom they do things with; they bond by exchanging playful
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For example, nowadays, college faculties consist of men and women almost equally. When she was a young student, if a female philosophy professor did not speak up and interact with her peers and the instructor as well in classroom on deep philosophical issues, how did she become a philosophy professor afterwards, and successful in lecturing and in her academic researches as well? The answer is very clear. She would have definitely spoken up. Statistics shows that there are as many female professors as male professors in the US and elsewhere.

However, about a century ago, because women were neither allowed nor encouraged to compete with men in many areas (including college education), they might have seemed to be silent and timid in classroom during the transformation era when women are allowed to attend to college. So Tennan’s claim could be presumably applied to those early, dark-days for women. But her claim is no longer valid for the most modern women. Many modern women have emerged as political leaders, who essentially require extensive leadership skills such as: speaking up defending one’s position on any issue or problem, standing out bravely whenever necessary, the ability of critical analysis and logical argument on national issues when dealing with opponent politicians. Margaret Thatcher of Great Britain, Golda Mere of Israel, Indhira Gandhi of India, are a few among those many great women leaders in the near past. When it

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