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    • Gender and Academic Achievement Who has the advantage?
    • It has been widely accepted that…
      • Boys have an advantage in math and science
    • It has been accepted that…
      • Girls have an advantage on tests of verbal skills
    • 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
    • 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
    • What might account for this?
    • 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.
    • The question still remains…
      • What accounts for this?
    • 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.