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All the science staff are men and they teach from the front keenly and enthusiastically, telling students what they need to know and cajoling those who are resistant. The technology area shows what is really valued when the making areas in wood, 25 Challenging Macho Values plastic or metal are regarded far more favourably than the textiles or food areas. Lessons like personal and social education (PSE) and drama create a sense of panic. One supply teacher (a former long-serving regular member of staff) refused to take a PSE lesson as set because it did not fit in with his view of children listening and doing behind desks in a classroom organized in a traditional way.
ASKEW, S. and Ross, C. (1988) ‘Sexism in the school structure and organisation’ (Chapter 3) in Boys Don’t Cry: Boys and Sexism in Education, Milton Keynes, Open University Press. W. (1989) ‘Cool guys, swots and wimps: The interplay of masculinity and Education’, Oxford Review of Education, 15(3) pp. 291–303. 39 Chapter 3 Boys’ Sexualities The Theory Learning about Sex Boys learn about sex without really being taught about it. In school locker rooms and playgrounds, in furtive conversations in corridors, and on the way home from school, adolescent boys are struggling to learn the rules for becoming a man and at the same time are becoming aware of their emerging sexualities.
If they don’t respond openly and willingly to his sexually charged physical presence then they will be punished. By this is meant that there would be ‘awkwardness’ and veiled hostility around issues individual women staff felt to be important or that move cover slips for taking the lessons of absent colleagues would be coming their way. Thus the senior teacher succeeds in giving clear messages about power and control. He further demonstrates his anxieties around loss of power by drawing other men into his fears.