It is hard to convey to those without children of exam age just how fact-choked and test-obsessed schools have become. Is race the only issue? Let the good girls sit in overcrowded lecture halls — with their heads down. When we talk only of test scores and economic rewards, we present too narrow a view.
Even the Girls Day School Trust, a chain of independent schools, has instigated "failure weeks" in some of its schools because they think girls have become too risk-averse, obedient or unhelpfully modest.
The following example is typical: The majority of these schools are in more affluent districts, where parents have college degrees and encourage their sons and their daughters to do well academically, or in less advantaged communities where the community itself has rallied behind educational goals.
What many parents of high-achieving girls worry about is the wholesale caution, a kind of female compliance that feels horribly familiar and that too easily leads teenage girls to crush and suppress their own questions, uncertainties, furies, hunches and passions. The gap also narrowed at B grade and remained the same at C.
Classrooms that use manipulative materials to practice spatial skills are as necessary as those that give special attention to literacy skills for students in need of help in that area. Girls do much more homework than boys and this has a direct impact on results.
Previously, students could take exams in January, but this test window has been closed as part of a crackdown on the resit culture, meaning sixth-formers only had one opportunity to take A-level exams in In fact, a lot of boys never do catch up. Elementary schools never had many male teachers and high schools still retain a respectable number of males.
Other authorities, such as Susan McGee Bailey, executive director of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College and principal author of the AAUW report How Schools Shortchange Girls, reject such concerns and instead contend that ingrained sexism and gender roles continue to hamper K—12 schooling for both boys and girls.
But the gap has started to narrow in recent years as new-style A-levels are introduced. NAEP National Assessment of Educational Progress data indicate that income and race gaps are larger than gender gaps in reading and in math scores at 8th grade, and this pattern holds for other comparisons as well.
In England and Australia, the gender gap is a topic of regular newspaper stories.
This is not an American issue. One of the most damaging expectations is that doing well in school is for girls. But I prefer a simpler measure. But educators alone cannot address the multiple factors that influence students who drop out, nor can they conduct the kinds of community outreach that can help young people find alternative routes to completing their education.In part one of the Brown Center on American Education, Tom Loveless examines the gap in reading ability between boys and girls, in the U.S.
and abroad. Do gender gaps in reading reflect inherent differences in boys’ and girls’ ability?
Research consistently shows that, on average, women perform more strongly in tests of verbal skills than men do.
The traditional gender gap between boys and girls has shrunk to its narrowest point since the late 90s following a major overhaul of A-levels, figures show. SMB: Different children learn differently, but differences between individual boys and between individual girls are much larger than those between girls as a group and boys as a group.
Expectations based on gender remain rampant in American culture, and indeed, in cultures around the world. But could the new gender gap in university admissions point to how our secondary schools are failing girls as well as boys, albeit in more subtle ways?
No one would decry the rise in girls' achievements, or take pleasure in the relative failure of boys. Clever girls, stupid boys.
That's become something of a modern educational orthodoxy, as girls across the developed world are more likely to get top exam grades and university places. The gap is.Download