Sunday, August 27, 2006

[new study] boys learn more from men and girls learn more from women.

Let me a tad Icelandic here and repeat the headline - boys learn more from men and girls learn more from women.

And what? Don’t we already know that? It’s confirmed now, according to Thomas Dee, an associate professor of economics at Swarthmore College and visiting scholar at Stanford University. His study was to appear Monday in Education Next, a quarterly journal published by the Hoover Institution.

His study comes as the proportion of male teachers is at its lowest level in 40 years. Roughly 80 per cent of teachers in U.S. public schools are women. I can say that over here the proportion is the same, if not higher. Teaching is not an earning profession.

Dr. Dee found that having a female teacher instead of a male teacher raised the achievement of girls and lowered that of boys in science, social studies and English.

Should teachers get more training about the learning styles of boys and girls? Should they be taught to combat biases in what they expect of boys and girls?

Ben Feller, Globe and Mail, Associated Press

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