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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)

New Stanford education study shows where boys and girls do better in math, English

Stanford University – Krysten Crawford

“When Stanford Professor Sean Reardon and his research team set out to take an unprecedented look at how elementary school girls and boys compare in academic achievement, they expected to find similar stereotype-driven patterns across all 10,000 U.S. school districts: boys consistently outperforming girls in math and girls steadily surpassing boys in reading and writing by a wide margin.” (more)

Girls more likely to be bullied than boys, English schools survey finds

The Guardian – Richard Adams

“Girls are much more likely than boys to be bullied at school, with almost twice as many on the receiving end of cyberbullying and social exclusion by other pupils, according to a government study. The figures from a survey of 10,000 pupils at schools in England in year 11 – children aged 15 or 16 – revealed a decline in reports of bullying overall and particularly in incidents of violent bullying, which mainly affects boys.” (more)

Boys’ interest in STEM is decreasing, new study says

The Denver Post – Natalie Weber

“STEM — which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — encompasses a range of fields that fall under this umbrella, including careers in areas such as computer science and civil engineering. Only 24 percent of boys are interested in a career in STEM, as compared to 36 percent in 2017, according to the survey administered on behalf of Junior Achievement and Ernst & Young LLP. Girls’ interest remained stable, though low, with 11 percent interested in a STEM-related career.” (more)

Boys still lag behind in reading

Medical X-Press – Steinar Brandslet

“From their first days in school, boys’ reading proficiency in Norway is on average much worse than that of girls. And it doesn’t appear that this discrepancy levels out during the first school year. “The fact that that the discrepancies don’t diminish during the school year is a sign that we have to change how we teach letters and reading,” says Hermundur Sigmundsson, a professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s (NTNU) Department of Psychology. ” (more)

Down side of being dubbed ‘class clown’

Science Daily – Staff Writer

“Class clowns’ off-task antics amuse and delight their classmates during first and second grades, making them the most sought-after playmates on the playground in early elementary school. But by the time these mischievous boys are promoted to third grade, they plummet to the bottom of the social circle as classmates’ disapproval of their behavior grows, a new study found.” (more)