New York University professor Carol Gilligan, author of In A Different Voice, acts as a talking head. She emphasizes socialization and other factors that threaten a girl's development. In a pithy synopsis, Gilligan retells what's known as "the pizza story." She says, "Ask a 11 year-old girl what she wants on her pizza and she'll say, 'Peppers and onions.' Ask a 13 year-old girl what she wants on her pizza and she'll say, 'I don't know.' Ask a 15 year-old girl what she wants on her pizza and she'll say, 'Whatever you want.'"
My interactions w/the K-4 set makes me curious as to what does happen @ schools. I recall some of what I think I wasn't taught @ school & much of what I merely imbibed in the home of one, often, angry black woman. My most vivid memory is of a conversation w/her (aka my mom), my brother (approx. 20 yrs my senior) about the solution to South Africa was arming legions of us folk and aiding in an actual revolution. Child development is a mecurial transformation on so many levels. From a review of Tomboys! Feisty Girls and Spirited Women, we learn: