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Boys Aren't Better at Math, Naturally

Boys Aren't Better at Math, Naturally

Differences in math performance among girls and boys has little to do with the natural abilities of the sexes; it's all about culture. While this finding isn't shocking to a girl who's felt just as smart as her male classmates (or a girl who's struggled alongside some boys for that matter), a new study officially debunks the myth that boys are innately better at math.

The study looked at various countries around the world, and compared math performances with respective gender inequality ratings (which are based on economic opportunity, educational attainment, and other socioeconomic factors). The results revealed that male dominance in math was not universal, and that countries with greater gender inequality also had a greater gap between male and female performance in math.

So how did the US compare? American girls enjoy relatively high gender equality and, on average, do as well as boys on standardized math tests.

It looks like the numbers don't support the outdated sexist stereotype that boys are better at math.

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danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
Not sure why my post isn't showing up above (maybe it's just my computer), but I LOVE math and throughout school (high school and college), I found the females to be better at it overall.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
<------ Math Lover! In high school and college, I found the girls to be better overall at it.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
<------ Math Lover! In high school and college, I found the girls to be better overall at it.
Mostly-Anonymous Mostly-Anonymous 7 years
"Former Harvard president Larry Summers can eat it. Seriously, how can a person in such a high position at an Ivy League educational facility think such a thing?" I would suggest reading the article at the other end of this link to Slate to get an idea as to why: http://www.slate.com/id/2112570/
Mostly-Anonymous Mostly-Anonymous 7 years
"<i>Former Harvard president Larry Summers can eat it. Seriously, how can a person in such a high position at an Ivy League educational facility think such a thing?</i>"I would suggest reading the article at the other end of this link to Slate to get an idea as to why: http://www.slate.com/id/2112570/
ManiMartinixo ManiMartinixo 7 years
I never thought boys were better than math either. I never thought boys were smart than girls at anything actually. I thought it had to do with what someone was good at :)
Pistil Pistil 7 years
I never thought boys were better at math. As I recall there were always more girls than boys on the honour roll in grade school.
CHOOCHOO CHOOCHOO 7 years
Former Harvard president Larry Summers can eat it. Seriously, how can a person in such a high position at an Ivy League educational facility think such a thing?
Mostly-Anonymous Mostly-Anonymous 7 years
I notice this study says nothing regarding any potential influence genetics might have on a woman's interest level in certain topics.
Jinx Jinx 7 years
Most boys are better at Math than me! :rotfl:
Jinx Jinx 7 years
Most boys are better at Math than me! :rotfl:
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