“If you find from your own experience that something is a fact and it contradicts what some authority has written down, then you must abandon the authority and base your reasoning on your own findings.” Leonardo da Vinci
Girls and Boys
Gender studies and gender bias have existed for quite some time and a general agreement is still missing.
I have been scouting and nursing 8-12 and teenage girls and boys for several decades and I have observed several trends and made several conclusions which, I think, are at the same time rooted in the Renaissance—as thoughts and ideas—and quite far in the future—as a ubiquitous reality.
Two observations about boys—
—boys tend to stick around: they do some work, fool around, do some more work.
—boys have a tendency to work alone, skip discussions, skip look and feel and focus on the machine.
This makes them appear as if they are working faster and delivering result.
Two observations about girls—
—girls tend to be more focused: they do the work, ask for more, do it, and when there is nothing more to do—disappear.
—girls have a tendency to prefer working together, to discuss, to invest time into the look & feel.
This makes them appear working slower and not delivering result.
What is the right way forward?
Girls will never be boys.
Boys will never be girls.
And we have not even started talking diverse.
In a recent statement of Goldman Sachs, the CEO David Solomon said, that it has been statistically proven, that companies perform better when having at least one woman on the board, compared to companies having none.
Girls and boys bring their strengths and focusing on the boys misses 1/2 of the picture.
Trying to give girls “the same chances” as boys misses 1/2 of the other 1/2 of the picture.
Recognising the strengths of each group and person, and striving for the best mix is the Haute école.