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Teacher: We must teach emotional literacy to boys. Here’s what happened when I tried.

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“A recent poll of American adolescents found most boys feel pressured to be strong and many feel they are expected to hide their emotions when they are sad. The Plan International USA poll, which surveyed 10- to 19-year-olds earlier this year, found that in 2018, boys still feel as if they are bound to project stereotypical male behaviors, even if they don’t want to.” (more)

Boys and girls share similar math abilities at young ages, study finds

University of Chicago News – David Mercer

“There has been much speculation about whether lower female participation rates in STEM fields can be traced to an innate male superiority in math and science. But a new University of Chicago study wanted to test whether boys and girls actually show different mathematical abilities at their earliest developmental stages.” (more)

Women Are Superior Wordsmiths From an Early Age

The Pacific Standard – Tom Jacobs

“Much has been written about the fact boys tend to perform better than girls at math. But this focus has largely overshadowed a larger and more worrisome gender gap in an even more fundamental domain: reading and writing. A new study featuring data on more than three million American students reports girls outperform boys in reading and writing skills in fourth grade, and that gap increases over their next eight years of schooling.” (more)

Boys and girls share similar math abilities at young ages, study finds

Medical X-Press – David Mercer

“There has been much speculation about whether lower female participation rates in STEM fields can be traced to an innate male superiority in math and science. But a new University of Chicago study wanted to test whether boys and girls actually show different mathematical abilities at their earliest developmental stages. UChicago postdoctoral researcher Alyssa Kersey recently co-authored research in the Nature journal Science of Learning that showed the ability to understand numbers is not innately different in boys and girls. Young boys and girls share similar abilities, according to the study, and any differences that show up later are likely learned.” (more)

Letting boys read what they want can help boost lagging language scores, Colorado educators say

The Denver Post – Monte Whaley

“Reading experts lay the blame for boys’ lagging reading skills on physical and emotional factors. Boys tend to be more fidgety in elementary school classrooms, making it harder for them to focus and settle down long enough to read a book. Girls, meanwhile, generally do better than boys in verbal ability, giving them an early advantage in learning to read, psychologists Paula Schwanenflugel and Nancy Flanagan Flapp wrote in Psychology Today.” (more)

Survey: Boys have waning interest in STEM careers

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“Boys’ interest in STEM careers has dropped over the past year, while girls’ interest remains the same, according to an annual survey from Junior Achievement and Ernst & Young LLP. Last year, 36 percent of surveyed male high school students said they wanted a STEM career, but this year, only 24 percent reported the same. For two years straight, just 11 percent of female high school students say they want to pursue a STEM profession.” (more)