Category: School & Teaching

Gender Biases: Why Girls Are Unlikely to Pursue Careers in Math and Science

- According to a study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), parents, teachers and employers have strong gender biases in matters of maths and science. Across the 64 nations examined, girls suffer from a lack of confidence – even when skilled in those areas. Overall, less than one …
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Why Girls Are Better Than Boys Academically

- According to the 2012 PISA study, one in seven male students were poorly ranked in reading, math or science. In more than 30 countries, 14% of boys and 9% of girls didn’t reach baseline-level proficiency in any of those three core subjects. A recent report from the Organization for Economic …
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The “30-Million-Word Gap” That Makes All the Difference for Children’s Success in School

- According to a 1995 study, children from low-income environments will have heard thirty million words less than their better-off peers by age 4, a number that makes a determining difference when school begins. Pupils with a limited vocabulary have weaker reading skills and thereby higher probabilities of lagging academically …
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(Black) Girls Are Strongly Penalized by Teachers’ Gender Stereotypes

- According to two recent studies, girls are significantly penalized by teachers’ biases. The first study demonstrates that girls’ math grades are negatively influenced while boys’ math grades are positively influenced by hidden gender stereotypes. The second research shows that young black girls are particularly disadvantaged for being assertive in the classroom. …
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The Target for England Is to Become the Best Country in Europe for Math and English by 2020

- Education Secretary Nicky Morgan announced her intention “to launch a war on innumeracy and illiteracy.” All the children in England will be expected to “master the basics” at the end of primary school. The students will have to be able to recite their 12 times table off by heart, …
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For Children, Math Is as Important as Reading, Maybe More!

- Many parents, being themselves not good at math, don’t expect their kids to be. A very detrimental attitude to the kids. While few people would recognize they are not good in literacy, a lot of them are not at all ashamed to concede that they don’t understand mathematics. This …
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For Children, Bedtime Math Is As Important As Bedtime Stories

- American students are regularly bested by other countries on international math tests. The way parents present math vs. reading to their kids is one of the main culprits. From the early years society already nourishes math anxiety, and many children meet math for the first time in kindergarten. Many …
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Why a Quarter of Canadian Children Are Still Lagging Behind

- Nobel price-winning economist James Eckman said it’s important to invest public funds to support developmental programs for young children and their families. Advice that may be best taken in consideration in Canada where according to the Canadian Institute of Health Information, as many as 26% of Canadian kids still …
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Do You Believe in the “Learning Styles” Myth?

- In the field of education, there is  an old but persistent myth about “learning styles.” According to this  assumption, people learn best when receiving information in accordance with their innate abilities. This idea was popularized through a good amount of books published by pseudo specialized businesses trying to sell teaching methods and programs related to this lucrative …
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Do You Want to Raise Smart Kids?

- Poor performance doesn’t come from a lack of ability but from a lack of motivation. According to Carol S. Dweck, a renowned professor from Stanford University, it is not a good idea to tell your kids they are smart. Instead, you should congratulate them for their hard work. Decades of …
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