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March 13, 2012


Paul Edwick

Perhaps it is the style of education that is more geared to girls ways of working than boys?

Or is it that in the UK we have so little favour for the traditional boys subjects in favour of ones that girls prefer.

Or is it simply that faced with a new piece of equipment, girls use the manual to find out how it works, and boys don't?

In this week's University Challenge semi-final in the UK where only the brightest can perform, of the 8 contestants, 7 were male and one female. Only one is reading engineering, and that was the female. Conclusion - I don't know, I'll leave that to you !

Randy Bieniek

I especially enjoy reading these comments about girls vs. boys! As a School Psychologist for over 20 yrs, I tested IQ daily and saw no "statistical" difference over time between the sexes. Boys were referred for academic or behavior concerns to me 5 to 1, however. Don't think that's a function of intellect, but of attention, motivation, and organization. The "Traditional" teaching model taps into the way a girl learns more easily whereas boys benefit from more multi-modal approaches, i.e. hands-on, active, use of all senses, etc. Think it all evens out as we grow older and know I'm speaking in generalities. Would be logical then why certain more active toys are appealing to young boys while more language/passive/creative toys/games appeal to girls early on. P.S. I'm the mother of 3 boys, 1 girl (3 of whom are triplets). I know all their very similar IQs, but guess who the most successful and motivated student is ? ...Yep, my daughter...just sayin' !

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