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August 20, 2008

This Week's COWAbunga Award!

This week's "Comment of the Week Award," also known as the COWAbunga Award, goes to Attorney DC, whose understanding of collective action dilemmas cut to the heart of a debate about gender and the workplace:I still disagree [that] it is the responsibility of the parents (husband and wife) to deal wi...

August 18, 2008

Leonard Sax, Girl Whisperer (Or: Why This Blog is Both Pink & Smart)

I'm beginning to think that Leonard Sax was one of those boys I lapped on the track in junior high who never got over it.Sax's most recent whinefest (HT: Peg Tyre at Why Boys Fail) accuses the feminist movement of ignoring gender differences and ultimately contributing to a "growing gender divide." ...

August 11, 2008

skoolboy Goes to the Olympics, II: Gender

On Friday, eduwonkette wondered about how gender figured into my Olympics-inspired international comparison of high student literacy in math and science. Ask and you shall receive, e. Today I’m reporting data on the percentage of males and females in different countries and economies that are hi...

July 07, 2008

Gender and Stereotype Threat in Math and Science

Can asking women to simply bubble in their gender before a test hurt their performance on math tests? Conversely, does mentioning that a math test is gender-neutral boost women’s achievement? More than a decade of research on “stereotype threat” suggests that the answer to these questions is ...

June 20, 2008

At Some KIPP Schools, KIPPster-ettes Outnumber KIPPsters

If you're not already enjoying Richard Whitmire's new gender blog, you could be. Yesterday he wrote that KIPP "is an important player in the boy troubles" because boys at KIPP start 5th grade behind the girls, but catch up to them by 7th grade.This may very well be true, but there's another KIPP ge...

June 17, 2008

A Leonard Sax Fact Check: Are Women Worse Off in Science and Engineering Than They Were 20 Years Ago?

Leonard Sax, everyone's favorite advocate of gender-based education, has a commentary in this week's Ed Week, "Where the Girls Aren't: What the Media Missed in the AAUW's Report on Gender Equity." Here's the central argument:"There is a real gender gap, and it’s growing rapidly, but that gap has l...

June 16, 2008

Welcome Richard Whitmire's New Blog on Gender and Education

Richard Whitmire, USA Today reporter and President of the Education Writers Association, has kicked off a new blog called "Why Boys Fail."Whitmire has a theory about why girls have pulled ahead in higher education: "as the world has become more verbal, schools have allowed boys to slip behind in lit...

May 30, 2008

Culture, Gender, and Math

Larry Summers' fatal gaffe, in which he suggested that innate differences between men and women may explain why fewer women succeed in math and science careers, set of the latest round of the gender math wars. Though many are in a tizzy over a "boy crisis" in education, as early as the fall of kinde...

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