ERIC Number: EJ745657
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
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Do We Really Have a "Boy Crisis"?
Educational Leadership, v64 n1 p93-94 Sep 2006
In this article, the author presents the findings of "The Evidence Suggests Otherwise: The Truth About Boys and Girls," a report conducted by Education Sector senior policy analyst Sara Mead. This report examines trends in achievement and education attainment and concludes that the recent surge of concern about boys' academic performance has been misguided. Fueled by news media, the perception of a "boy crisis" has been embraced by those seeking to advance various education agendas. According to the report, trends in National Assessment of Educational Progress scores show that "with few exceptions, American boys are scoring higher and achieving more than they ever have before." The report recommends that rather than focusing on the overall "boy crisis," education policymakers should pay attention to the gaps among students of different races and classes. The report also offers several recommendations for policymakers, educators, and parents on their appropriate response to the current concerns about the "boy crisis."
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Academic Achievement, Males, Misconceptions, Gender Issues, Scores, Educational Trends, Educational Attainment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: United States