Are Girls Shortchanged in School?
In America today, more girls graduate from high school than boys and more of them go on to college, where they make up 55 percent of the total enrollment. Yet according to a report recently released by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), “girls are invisible” in classrooms which “day in, day out, deliver the message that women’s lives count for less than men’s.”
This report, How Schools Shortchange Girls, has been enthusiastically greeted by the media. With almost no attempt to evaluate the evidence on which it purports to be based, front-page articles in most of the nation’s leading newspapers have simply passed on the report’s conclusions: that standardized tests are biased against girls; that curricula and textbooks ignore or stereotype women; that teachers demonstrate bias by paying less attention to girls; and that because of discrimination girls lag behind boys in math and science and tend not to pursue careers in those fields.
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