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Male-Female Math Equality Implications

Question:  Researchers for the National Science Foundation have found that boys and girls now perform equally in standardized math tests. What do you think?

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Girls=Boys in Math (The Onion)


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This is a helpful finding that confirms what we mostly already knew - the gender difference that appears in college majors, careers, etc., is not due to academic performance. Several reports in recent years have added to this evidence and given guidance on potential solutions. Parent attitudes - especially fathers - have a big impact (http://www.ns.umich.edu/htdocs/releases/story.php?id=5895 ). Early interest in science plays a greater role than math achievement in predicting career choice (http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/312/5777/1143 ). Thus, children and youth need opportunities to get excited, build skills, and see a clear path to future opportunities (http://www.smm.org/ecc ). We certainly cannot expect schools to do this alone - engaging parent and community organizations, after-school providers, and many others is critical to changing the national attitude toward who can do science and math.

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