The essay "Girls’ Issues in UK Schools" talks about the problem of marginalization within the scenario of education which forces the girl students to feel alienated within a school environment. One can see that this problem hinders girls from entering the workforce in future and to have upward mobility in the social ladder.
One can see that social class is an important factor which determines a student’s acceptability within a class room environment. Read states that, ‘However such desired characteristics are also those considered to characterize the ‘popular girl’ at school- a position of power and influence amongst girls’ peers’. If a girl student happens to be from the lower layers of the society, there is a high chance for the problems related to her social class. While peer group discourses constructed girls as harder working, more mature and more socially skilled, still the boys and a significant number of the girls adhered to the view that it is better being a boy. Girl students may try to hide their social status but this may lead them towards stress and related emotional problems in general. Similarly, cultural background determines a girl student’s socialization and acceptance within her public domain. From a different angle of view, boy students can resist the influence of their cultural and social backgrounds because they have enough freedom. The relative ‘high achievement’ of girls has often been perceived as unproblematic and thus neglected, or achieved at the expense of boys. ...Show more