How does school influence our gender roles?

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School plays a large part in creating our gender roles.  It is at school that we are exposed to peers of both sexes.  There, we learn what our peers see as the proper ways for us to act based on what sex we are.  We might see, for example, that a boy that cries easily will get teased more than a boy who does not.  This may help us for the idea that being tough is part of the appropriate gender role for a boy.  In this way, being at school socializes us and teaches us how society expects us to act based on our sex. 

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