Thursday, January 13, 2011

Does it matter if girls do better than boys?

Welcome to 2011. To stimulate debate, we kick off with a controversial topic: Does it matter if girls do better than boys?

"Boys tend to do better in exams," says Professor Alan Smithers, director of the Centre for Education and Employment Research at Buckingham University. "Girls apply themselves to coursework and work more consistently throughout the year."

However, research confirms that girls generally outperform boys at school, even if boys do better in maths and science. In fact, girls in all-girl schools do even better than girls in co-ed schools, while boys in all-boy schools do worse than boys in co-ed schools.

Statistics from USA are equally worrying:
  • Boys average a year to a year and a half lag behind girls in reading and writing skills
  • Boys represent up to 70% of children diagnosed with learning disabilities
  • Boys represent 80% of children diagnosed with behavioral problems
  • Boys account for 80% of high school dropouts
  • Boys represent less than 44% of America's college students
If you have a boy (or a girl) in your life who is at a risk of becoming a statistic, check his (or her) learning style using our one of Learning Style Analysis instruments.

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