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Gender Differences

The Role in the Education & Development of Children and Adolescents

Are boys and girls really so different? There is much that parents and educators can learn about gender differences in cognitive and emotional development that can help them make decisions about school and parenting.

What’s all the fuss about gender differences?

Do sex differences matter? How large are the differences between girls and boys? To what extent are those differences hardwired?

How Boys are Disadvantaged

There is a long-standing debate as to whether public school classrooms are better suited for boys or for girls. In fact, our Education.com contributors find that BOTH girls AND boys are disadvantaged when teachers don’t understand gender differences.  Here is the evidence demonstrating how boys are disadvantaged:

How Girls are Disadvantaged

There is a long-standing debate as to whether public school classrooms are better suited for boys or for girls. In fact, our Education.com contributors find that BOTH girls AND boys are disadvantaged when teachers don’t understand gender differences.  Here is the evidence demonstrating how girls are disadvantaged:

Should boys and girls be educated in separate classrooms?

A cure for low test scores. A panacea for teen pregnancy. A way to cut down on bullying. Or, a return to the dark ages? Single sex schools have been called all of the above.

Are boys’ and girls’ brains really so different?

The most profound difference between girls and boys is not in any brain structure per se, but rather in the sequence of development of the various brain regions.

Do boys and girls cope with stress and emotions differently?

Are girls really more emotional? Research suggests that boys and girls cope with stress differently.

Do boys and girls experience the classroom differently?

There are many documented differences between boys and girls that are evident from birth. Many of these differences play a factor in the ways boys and girls experience education.

Are there differences in boys’ and girls’ experience of special needs?

Boys are much more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Is this due to biological differences, or have these conditions been defined by more male symptoms?

 

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Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D.

Guest Editor

Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D.

Author of “Why Gender Matters” and "Boys Adrift"

Being both a family physician, as well as a psychologist —
led him to recognize the importance of gender differences in how children learn, and to a belief that those gender differences are neglected or minimized in American public schools.

Editor: Laura Compian, PhD