Gender and the Law Prof Blog

Editor: Tracy A. Thomas
University of Akron School of Law

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

From here in the US,.....

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. 

Sommers continues: 

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 independently--these are all, arguably, anyway, masculine virtues, aren't they?

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