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