Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Christina Hoff Sommers writes in a NYT Op-ed:
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.
The scholars attributed this “misalignment” to differences in “noncognitive skills”: attentiveness, persistence, eagerness to learn, the ability to sit still and work independently. As most parents know, girls tend to develop these skills earlier and more naturally than boys.
Not being an educational sociologist, I have no idea if this is true, but the choice of words intrigues me. Attentiveness, persistence, ...the ability to...work independently--these are all, arguably, anyway, masculine virtues, aren't they?