Inspired by my interest in keeping an eye on some of the girl dynamics that happen in my own classroom (as well as my children’s), I picked up Queen Bees and Wannabees by Rosalind Wiseman
I’d read the book before and remembered it to be pretty on target when it comes to identifying the roles that girls can play with their peers at school. And though I’m finding it to be quite relevant in framing my own experience in school, I sometimes wonder if Wiseman’s observations describe my own daughter’s and students’ experiences. Is it true that our girls are as mean as some of the girls described in the book?
In the end I think that though the behaviors may be less extreme, the roles and challenging situations of our girls are quite similar to the ones described in the book. So, even though I would say the book is a bit alarmist, it is a good wake-up call to pay attention to the issues that girls today are facing. Definitely worth a read.