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Gender Gaps Persist in Education

June 12, 2016
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Gender gapBoys and girls are not the same when it comes to mastering subjects in school. In fact, experts are saying the real crisis in education is the growing difference between them.

A new study has some dramatic findings. It is based on results from 63 countries, including the United States.

The boys are falling behind. ”Underachievers” are youngsters who do not meet basic standards in math, reading and science. Out of every ten underachievers in the study, six are boys.

Boys still do better in science and engineering. Top-performing boys do better in math than the top-performing girls. In wealthier countries, girls’ math skills improved, but boys’ skills improved more.

The debate about why girls lag in some technical courses is ongoing. Girls do far better at a whole host of other academic skills including reading. Some think that girls pursue studies in fields in which they do very well.

Reading is the most important test. Girls tend to score higher. In America, the worse performing girls performed far better than the worst performing boys.

Boys are falling behind in schools in rich and poor countries everywhere in the world.

Experts are trying to figure out what to do to reduce the achievement gaps between girls and boys.

Source: The New York Times March 10, 2015

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