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April 13, 2011

Interesting Gender Numbers on NAEP

Boys are doing well in math and science, even better than girls who take the same courses and earn higher grades. But they aren't enrolling in college, and then persisting to earn degrees, at the same rate as women. From Education Week.

April 12, 2011

More Science, Less Sports

Famed technologist Vinton Cerf lays out the problems he sees in our K-12 schools. Simply put, the culture is askew. And it can't help that we doing such a poor job educating young men -- those most likely to pursue science as a career. An increasing number of women are stepping up here, but the forw...

October 26, 2010

Gender Gaps Too Politically Incorrect for NYT Ed Page?

The New York Times writes a (nearly) great editorial today about the slipping proportion of science and engineering majors (we now rank 27th out of the 29 comparable wealthy nations) and somehow neglects to mention why this happening: the campus gender gaps. Look at this 2006 study of California pu...

October 13, 2010

Math Skills: Boys and Girls Equal

That's the conclusion of this Berkeley study. That's not surprising. On state tests boys and girls score roughly the same. Actually, the overall trend is that girls are pushing ahead of boys. This study is important, however, because it cuts into the dangerous mythology that boys are good at math, ...

July 14, 2010

Math-Science Gender Divide

Not that it will do much good to Larry Summers now, but Duke researchers make the same point that got him in so much trouble.

July 02, 2010

Why Aren't There More Women at the Top?

The argument from feminists is that we shouldn't worry about underachieving boys when the world's elite, especially the risk taking entrepreneurs, are nearly all men. On one level, they're right. Those are the very top, from mathematicians to capitalists, are almost uniformly male. Was Larry Summers...

June 13, 2010

Reason for Hope?

I'll believe that we no longer have to worry about women avoiding tech careers when I see those Silicon Valley cubicles for code writers stuffed with women. Still, this article about female web entrepreneurs is hopeful.

March 11, 2010

Do Female Science Majors Do Better With Female Professors?

Black college students majoring in the sciences are more likely to persist in their studies if they have black instructors, according to this study. But women who had female instructors were no more likely to persist.

March 05, 2010

The Reading Connection in Science

In the schools I profile that are successful with boys, a common element of instruction is ensuring that math and science classes emphasize literacy skills. With that in mind I offer up this release from the International Reading Association: IRA Reading Radio Program Spotlights Presidential Aw...

January 05, 2010

This Just In: Girls are Boys' Equals in Math

Okay, for anyone following state test scores over the past several years, you already knew that. But it comes at a good time -- [just when the White House is announcing a $250 million STEM initiative.](



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