Friday, June 28, 2013

Where are the Boys?

Last week when I attended the graduation ceremonies for a local high school, ironically designated as a "National School of Excellence,"  I noted a distressing fact: the ceremony was dominated by females. In a significant omission, the male student body president, a senior, was not identified in the program, nor did he have a role in the ceremony.  Instead, six senior girls were prominently listed in the program, marched in with the school dignitaries and participated in the ceremony.

The two faculty class sponsors were both female and all four student class officers were female.  All the class officers had roles in the graduation ceremony with several handling more than one responsibility. The class president both welcomed everyone and had remarks. The class vice-president introduced the musical selections. The class secretary introduced the speakers and the treasurer introduced the platform guests. A girl - whose name appeared 5 times in the official program -- gave the major student address as the "representative class speaker" an opportunity traditionally granted to the student body president, but apparently not if a guy has that responsibility.  Significantly, the principal was the only male participant in the ceremony. (more...)

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