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Who’s to Blame for the Gender Gap in STEM? Start With Kindergarten Teachers

Fortune – Valentina Zarya

“The gender gap in STEM starts earlier—much earlier—than you think. According to new research, the disparity between boys’ and girls’ mathematical abilities actually begins in kindergarten. The study, which was published in AERA Open, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association, focused on groups of children starting kindergarten and tracked them several years into their education. The researchers found that while pupils of both genders entered school with similar math abilities, girls started to fall within the first year of their schooling. This contrary to the commonly-held notion that the gap in STEM skills starts to appear in middle school.”(more)

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