Monday, February 4, 2013

The War on Boys, Documented

I saw this today in The Transom:

The grade disparities that make women more likely to head to college emerge early on, and it could be teachers’ fault for incorrectly and unfairly judging capability.  “Boys score as well as or better than girls on most standardized tests, yet they are far less likely to get good grades, take advanced classes or attend college. Why? A study coming out this week in The Journal of Human Resources gives an important answer. Teachers of classes as early as kindergarten factor good behavior into grades — and girls, as a rule, comport themselves far better than boys… The researchers found that teachers rated boys as less proficient even when the boys did just as well as the girls on tests of reading, math and science. (The teachers did not know the test scores in advance.) If the teachers had not accounted for classroom behavior, the boys’ grades, like the girls’, would have matched their test scores.” The study is here. 

I will comment on this later after having a chance to read the full study.  For now, take care of your boys!

The Transom is one of the best news sources available.  Here is the link.
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