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Monday, February 4, 2013

Why boys are falling behind and why we have to fix it

No surprises here - as any parent or grandparent knows, girls "fit" into the public school system in a way that boys rarely do.  The prejudice against addressing this is deep-seated.

The well-known gender gap in school grades begins early and is almost entirely attributable to differences in behavior. The researchers found that teachers rated boys as less proficient even when the boys did just as well as the girls on tests of reading, math and science. (The teachers did not know the test scores in advance.) If the teachers had not accounted for classroom behavior, the boys’ grades, like the girls’, would have matched their test scores.

Read the whole thing, and follow the links.

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