The Boy(s) Who Cried Wolf: Re-Visioning Textual Re-Presentations of Boys and Literacy

  • Jane Baskwill Faculty of Education, Mount Saint Vincent University.
  • Susan Church Faculty of Education, Mount Saint Vincent University.
  • Margaret Swain Faculty of Education, Mount Saint Vincent University.

Abstract

This paper presents a narrative analysis of some current educational textual representations, including provincial documents, publisher materials, and stories from the field, that demonstrate concern for boys has become a master myth that idealizes and reinforces neo-conservative notions of masculinity. This gender binary is not helpful for boys nor girls and we offer some alternative considerations. Résumé Cet article présente une analyse narrative de certaines représentations éducationnelles courantes, qui comprennent de documents provinciaux, matériel de publieurs, et des histoires du domaine du travail, qui démontrent que le soucis à l’égard des garçons est devenu un mythe - maître qui idéalise et renforce les notions néoconservatrices de la masculinité. Cette notion binaire n’est utile ni aux garçons ni aux filles et nous offrons quelques considérations alternatives.
Published
2009-06-01
Section
Original Research