New study sheds light on girls' resilience and the academic gender gap

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  • Really??? Kearns, UT
    July 13, 2016 7:57 a.m.

    Birder listed some good points. Our current school system is set up to benefit girl;s and punish boys. Boys--and some girls--need to be able to move around and talk while they learn. Too often boys are punished for acting like boys, and school instantly becomes a negative experience for many.

    Boys also do not have enough male role models in schools--especially in the elementary grades. We have fewer men because our culture has created a hostile environment to those in the education profession. If men stay away from becoming teachers, it would be natural to think that many boys would view education unnecessary.

  • birder Salt Lake City, UT
    July 13, 2016 12:20 a.m.

    1. Schools cannot be expected to make up all of society's deficits.
    2. Girls have historically done better in language arts, which is the main focus of elementary school.
    3. Boys might perform better in school if there were more male teachers/role models.
    4. Boys in minority families are highly impacted by the large number of absent fathers. Think of the renegade elephant story.
    5. What can be done now? Let boys move around, don't take away recesses, and let them act like boys in school, instead of girls.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    July 12, 2016 5:08 p.m.


    Wouldn't it be great if there were no gaps at all.

    We could all be part of a collective where every person is exactly the same as the others.

    No rich! No poor! And politicians could just retire.