More ammo for the gender wars

Early childhood testing in Britain shows—surprise!—differences between boys and girls


Nearly three-quarters of five-year-old girls (74 per cent) could write a simple shopping list, or a letter to Santa, but only half of boys (54 per cent) could do so at the same age. Just over a quarter (26 per cent) of boys aged five could not write their names, compared with 15 per cent of girls. On the other hand, boys showed a slightly better “knowledge and understanding of the world.” More than half (54 per cent) could build objects using appropriate tools and techniques compared with 48 per cent of girls, and more boys than girls could identify everyday technology (76 per cent as opposed to 74). Some commentators demanded greater efforts to bridge the gap, others noted that approximately 100 per cent of both sexes could write their names at age 12, and recommended everyone calm down.

The Guardian

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More ammo for the gender wars

  1. Good grief, do we have to keep studying the obvious!? We have known for eons that boys and girls develop differently. Girls tend to develop verbal skills sooner while boys are concentrating on more physical things in the world around them. At the same time we have to realize that these are generalizations with certain children deviating from the norm. Maybe we should spend more time figuring out how to modify our education systems to take the differences into account instead of the one size fits all pattern we tend to use now.

  2. On average, boys develop fine motor skills (and often related reading skills) a bit later. This has been known since the 1930s or before by educators and observant parents.

  3. This is not news and not a new discovery, stop wasting taxpayer money on useless studies. Use the taxpayers money to solve the issue of the recession.