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When It Comes to Math, Females Are As Smart As Males

[Editor Flahiff’s note…When I was in high school in the 70’s…I do not recall any buzz about girls not doing as good at math…
or that girls had to “dumb down” in order to be attractive to boys….my peer group “pressure” was to do one’s best academically, but be friendly to all regardless of grades/abilities]


Study of nearly 1.3 million students finds no difference in abilities

Excerpt from this Health Day news item

TUESDAY, Oct. 12 (HealthDay News) — Males and females have equal math skills, a new report confirms.

Researchers reviewed 242 studies published between 1990 and 2007 that assessed the math skills of nearly 1.3 million people from grade school to college and beyond. They also examined the findings of several large, long-term scientific studies.

Both analyses showed a “meaningless” difference in math skills between males and females. The findings were published in the Oct. 11 online edition of the journal Psychological Bulletin.

(Editor’s note…The full text may be available at your local academic, public,  or medical library…ask a reference librarian for details. You may be charged for the article if the library has to obtain it from another library)

While social scientists agree that both genders have equal math abilities, many parents and teachers still believe boys are better at math than girls. This can lead them to guide girls away from careers in math-heavy sciences or engineering, said the study’s chief author Janet Hyde, a professor of psychology and women’s studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


October 14, 2010 - Posted by | Health News Items | ,

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