Should Boys’ Grades Suffer Due to Their Behavior in School?Posted by Andrea Higgins on Feb 8, 2013 in Educating Boys, In the News | 6 comments
My son is in kindergarten. He’s smart but sometimes he has a problem staying in his seat …and standing in line …and not talking. He’s not the only one. My husband and I worked with him at home, and he’s improved. So have his ‘report card grades.’ Even though, I feel his school work performance remains the same. And I’m concerned.
This article gives documentation to my concern. It’s extremely relative and important to read, share, and discuss. Is your son’s physical behavior at school negatively impacting his academic grade?
The Boys at the Back by Christina Hoff Summers – NYTimes.com
Boys score as well as or better than girls on most standardized tests, yet they are far less likely to get good grades, take advanced classes or attend college. Why? A study coming out this week in The Journal of Human Resources gives an important answer…. No previous study, to my knowledge, has demonstrated that the well-known gender gap in school grades begins so early and is almost entirely attributable to differences in behavior. The researchers found that teachers rated boys as less proficient even when the boys did just as well as the girls on tests of reading, math and science. (The teachers did not know the test scores in advance.) If the teachers had not accounted for classroom behavior, the boys’ grades, like the girls’, would have matched their test scores.
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- Do Teachers Discriminate Against Boys? (erikachristakis.wordpress.com)
- Grade disparities by gender start in kindergarten, and they have profound, long-term effects that can last a lifetime (aei-ideas.org)
- New Study Explains Why Girls Do Better at School (medicaldaily.com)