By: Fosi Mohamoud Kofal
There will be always surprises in wait when you go to a foreign country. Because of the difference in attitude, culture and style of living, each person who left his home country to another will experience a cultural shock. That was the case when I first put my legs on Malaysian soil.
As soon as our plane landed on KLIA airport, the non-Malaysian passengers were guided to the airport’s health centre where we had our medical documents checked. The nurses and doctors we met there were totally women. I thought this maybe that women were more suitable to be nurses than men. After I came to the immigration department to pass to the country, I had my first culture shock. Women were not only dominant in this department but were the more efficient gender as well.
I instinctively compared two lines of passengers queuing for two officers: one female and the other male. The line administered by the female was quicker to clear than that of the male. I began to question myself how could such happen? As I am from a society where men are thought to be strong gender and have high expectations on their shoulders, I couldn’t accept that fact readily. One month later, I started to apply the public universities of Malaysia. Whenever I went to the administration office of a national university, the fact that women were the labour force of this county engraves into my mind more.
Suddenly, I researched about the situation in Malaysia and that of other countries, and I found them strikingly similar. The travails of the Malaysia mirror the problems many countries face: boys are in serious trouble. In America, for example, boys get the lowest grades teachers dole out. They make up two-thirds of students described as learning disabled. They are the suspects of in eight out of ten arrests on drug and alcohol charges, and are arrested for more than 70 per cent of juvenile crimes. Furthermore, boys in the United States are also less likely to go to university. In 2007, American universities enrolled 6.9 million men compared with 9.2 million women. Same applies to Malaysia.
Currently, the scientists are exploring biological differences that may make boys more impulsive and less efficient classroom learners. Research indicates that vulnerability can be traced back to the womb. The male fetus is at greater risk of peril from obstetric complications such as brain damage, cerebral palsy and premature birth. By the time a baby boy enters the world, he trails the average girl developmentally.
In her recent book The War Against Boys, Christina Hoff cites a study by psychologist Nancy Leffert. Girls reported feelings of well-being that, in many cases, boys did not. Girls have higher aspirations and claim better assertiveness skills.
BOYS OR GIRLS: WHO IS A BETTER LEARNER? January 10, 2010
By: Fosi Mohamoud Kofal