A recent discussion within a group of moms with children in the public school system shared how they felt discouraged by what they viewed as influences towards particular studies that seemed more based on gender stereotypes vs. actual aptitude in the subject(s). For example, one parent of a 11 year old boy shared that her son absolutely loved to write... journaling creative stories, developing complete plot lines and characters, etc. His teachers, however, for the past two years have continued to push for his parents to pursue placement in a math/science magnet school in his high school years. Her son loathes math with a passion, but when she mentioned trying for the literature/arts magnet school instead she received discouragement.
Another parent - of a 13 yr. old girl, weighed in with the exact opposite experience. Her child was enrolled in another school; loved science and swears that she wants to be a veterinarian in the future. (She even volunteers for an animal shelter now.) Rather than encourage her dream, the mom shared that her daughter in continually persuaded to pursue an arts/literature based path.
Both of these parents and others insist that there is a definite gender stereotype influence within the school system (even if unintentional.)
The debate question is whether you (either personally, with your own kids, or by observing family/friends) do believe that gender stereotypes still are influencing how teachers react and encourage students today?
IF you feel that this is taking place, would you be a supporter then for sole gender classrooms (i.e. all girls; all boys) in hopes of enabling students to be more "well-rounded"? Why or why not?