Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Maze Runner's Implicit Message About Girls' Role in Education

The scene is a complex learning environment, populated entirely by young men and controlled by unseen overseers.  The boys socialize, assign roles, and work to transcend their environment and enter the outside world.  Eventually (spoilers) the system is revealed as a tool for weeding out a final candidate, capable of responding to the post-apocalyptic ruin of the outer world.  This describes the upcoming cinematic adaptation of book trilogy ‘The Maze Runner’.  But it also describes the growing number of schools that are implementing gender segregated classrooms.  Essentially, ‘The Maze Runner’ is a story about an experimental education program.  And in its unspoken assumptions about gender, it reflects the ongoing debate on how to best educate young people.