Genderand Academic Achievement Carrie

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  • 1. Gender and Academic Achievement Who has the advantage?
  • 2. It has been widely accepted that…
    • Boys have an advantage in math and science
  • 3. It has been accepted that…
    • Girls have an advantage on tests of verbal skills
  • 4. At my school I see…
    • more girls on the honor roll
    • More girls on student council
    • More girls taking an active leadership role in classrooms
  • 5. What is happening with boys?
    • Massachusetts boys are less likely than girls to graduate from high school and earn a college degree
    • The dropout rate is 36% higher for boys than girls
    • More likely to end up in disciplinary situations
    • This figure evens out in more affluent areas
  • 6. What might account for this?
  • 7. What might be done?
    • Closer attention can be paid to the different learning styles of male students
    • There is some evidence that male students and, students in general, learn better when material is applied to real life situations.
  • 8. The question still remains…
    • What accounts for this?
  • 9. Weaker verbal skills or socio-economic factors? Research seems vague and inconclusive and these “widely accepted truths” might just be socially supported myths.
  • 10. What is clear is that educators must work to bridge the gap and create equality in the academic achievement of boys and girls.