Monday, August 4, 2008

Let's Kill Off Another Stereotype

Did you read about this research. Girls now equal the performance of boys on standard math assessments.
07.24.2008 - Girls' and boys' math performance now equal: "Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, the researchers reached their conclusions after sifting through mountains of data, including math scores from 7 million students who were tested in accordance with the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The team compared not only the average performance of all students on these tests, but also the scores of just the most gifted children, as well as the ability of children to solve complex math problems. In all cases, girls measured up to boys."

Now, we need to deal with the stereotype.
Study leader Janet Hyde, a psychology professor at UW-Madison, noted that, despite the fact that girls now take just as many advanced high school math courses as boys, and women earn 48 percent of all mathematics bachelor's degrees, the stereotype persists that girls struggle with math. Not only do many parents and teachers believe this, but scholars also use it to explain the dearth of female mathematicians, engineers and physicists at the highest levels, Hyde said.

Let's spread the word, folks. The research is in. When it comes to math, girls measure up to boys.

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