Jim Crow Laws: Separate But Equal?

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Separate but Equal? A commonly held belief in the 21st century is that all people should be treated equally, since treating one group of people differently from another would be prejudiced and give certain groups a difficult time in the “pursuit for happiness.” I think we can all agree Jim Crow laws were harmful to our society and a bad form of separation, but what about separate treatment for girls and boys? I believe that treating boys and girls the same way in schools and homes is unfair and can have an adverse effect on each group’s ability to learn new information and develop mentally. Simply put, since girls and boys learn differently, they should be taught differently. However, this fact seems to be losing its merit more and more in society because of a push towards equality and fairness. Basic science tells us that although in general, males and females are equivalent in intelligence, they learn in different ways and use their brain…show more content…
Treating all boys like warriors and girls like homemakers is insulting to their intelligence and abilities, and is taking too strong a stance on gender differences. Rather, subtle differences in treatment would be more suitable, such as not allowing a girl to walk alone at night, or not encouraging a boy to play with dolls. It’s ok if he does want to play with dolls (and says very little about his masculinity), but there’s no need to force it on him like a parent would with a girl. There are many situations in which boys and girls should be treated the same. Teaching a boy that it’s ok to push and shove because of his testosterone levels will probably make him more violent in the long haul, and it’s a better idea to show kids of both genders that violence is never O.K. Additionally, girls and boys should often be subject to the same rules, as doing otherwise could lead children to feel that they’re being cheated or treated
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