Education system favors girls over boys?

By | May 17, 2003

There’s a very interesting article at Businessweek talking about how today’s education system in the US favors girls over boys. The main point of the article is that, while major strides have been taken to help girls succeed in school, nothing has been done to help boys. And, because of this, boys’ performances in school are deteriorating.

As a soon-to-be parent, I find this entire topic extermely interesting. My wife Erin and I do not know the gender of our child, and won’t til she is born. This forced me to objectively view both sides of this issue. Taking that into account, I fully support all that was done to allow girls to be more successful in school. These programs should’ve been implemented in the 1870s instead of the 1970s.

However, I also think that equivalent programs need to be implemented for boys. Boys tend to have the same problems with reading and writing that girls once had with math and science. Programs have helped girls excel at math and science, but there’s been no equivalent programs implemented to help boys excel at reading and writing. This needs to be corrected.

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