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ERIC Number: EJ910553
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1539-9664
Gender Gap: Are Boys Being Shortchanged in K-12 Schooling?
Whitmire, Richard; Bailey, Susan McGee
Education Next, v10 n2 p52-61 Spr 2010
Debates about gender and schooling have taken a surprising turn in the past decade. After years of concern that girls were being shortchanged in male-dominated schools, especially in math and science, there has grown a rising chorus of voices worrying about whether boys are the ones in peril. With young women making up close to 60 percent of college students, critics worry that today's schools--with their emphasis on order, sitting still, and passive learning--are much better suited to girls than to boys. Other authorities reject such concerns and instead contend that ingrained sexism and gender roles continue to hamper K-12 schooling for both boys and girls. What does the evidence say? And what does all of this mean for policy proposals like single-sex schooling or teacher hiring? In this forum, the authors sort through these questions. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; United Kingdom (England); United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress