chapter  6
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Gender and Discourse Norms

Schools are rarely genteel, sensitive places. Most senior schools persist as sites where archaic male values get reproduced by successive intakes of students. Meanwhile, girls and boys looking for fair treatment in these institutions often differ markedly in their discourse norms. These differences are known to have consequences for educational success, especially for girls coming from immigrant or other marginal backgrounds. This means that many culturally different girls are doubly disadvantaged in schools, and their group interests go unrecognized.