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Now Boys Trail Girls

Abstract

Thanks to Jerry Becker for calling our attention to this intriguing, brief article that addresses the concern about whether boys are being "academically sidetracked." Over the last few decades the research has focused attention on the status of girls in the education system, but there are now several indications including lower college attendance, that suggest a need to focus on boys as well. "The surge of girls entering college is a positive sign that a decades-long effort to create the same opportunities for them as for boys has paid off. The problem arises in ensuring that boys tap into those possibilities. Solutions may include single-sex schools or classes, new teaching strategies and different parental messages...Parents and teachers did a marvelous job raising the academic expectations and ambitions of girls. Now they have to focus their efforts on a new challenge."

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