Why We Don’t “Weed Out” Students at Make School

“Look to your left, now look to your right. One of those people won’t be here at the end of the semester.”

This is the typical beginning of what is called a “weed out class”—a class that purports to weed out less capable or less dedicated students.

Make School and Gender Parity

My team and I at Make School’s Product Academy puts achieving gender parity in our school is at the top of our list of priorities. We believe that gender parity is both a cause and a sign of excellence in education and in organizational management.

Learning Environments Matter

What is the learning environment like in a weed out class?

Why Not Lean In?

But shouldn’t women follow Sheryl Sandberg’s advice and just Lean In? Don’t women just need to overcome “the confidence gap” (popularized by the recent atlantic article)?

Group Pay, Group Grades

The above research suggests women would prefer team compensation as well as team work. In education this would be the same as receiving a team grade. Maybe if we did that women would succeed even more?

Biases and A Growth Mindset

Unfortunately because we believe in this silly bias that women are somehow genetically worse at STEM, educators have to constantly fight the bias to treat students differently and thereby confirm the bias.

Gender Parity at Make School’s Product Academy

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Going Forward

Educators and managers can construct a roadmap to achieving gender parity in all subjects and fields if they wish. Any lack of gender parity is just the continuation of the underlying bias against women.

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Educator, Founder, Engineer. Interested in Evidence Based Education and Solving BIG Problems.

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Educator, Founder, Engineer. Interested in Evidence Based Education and Solving BIG Problems.