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Are Kindergarten Teachers Biased Against Boys?

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A study seems to show that boys are marked unfairly in the early years:

Academics from the University of Georgia and Columbia University think they have more insight into why girls earn higher grades on report cards than boys do, despite the fact that girls do not necessarily outperform boys on achievement or IQ tests.

Christopher Cornwell, head of economics at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, UGA’s David Mustard and Columbia’s Jessica Van Parys have published a study that they say shows “gender disparities in teacher grades start early and uniformly favor girls.”

The researchers analyzed data from 5,800 elementary school students and found that boys performed better on standardized exams in math, reading and science than their course grades reflected. The authors suggest that girls are truly only outperforming boys in “non-cognitive approaches to learning” — defined as attentiveness, task persistence, eagerness to learn, learning independence, flexibility and organization — leading to better grades from teachers. The study is published in the latest issue of The Journal of Human Resources.

Cornwell said in a statement Wednesday that worse grades place boys at a disadvantage for future opportunities, adding that the divide is further worsened by increased competition for jobs as women increasingly enter the workforce.

 

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One Response to “Are Kindergarten Teachers Biased Against Boys?”

  1. Lynne Diligent Says:

    I taught Kindergarten for three years and never saw evidence of such bias on the part of teachers. However, having taught all levels, from University to high school, to middle school, and to elementary, I can say the the only real difference is that in Kindergarten, teachers must spend MUCH more time on just teaching students to sit in their chairs, and to follow other procedures (about 50-60 percent of the total time). As you move up in the grades this sort of instruction greatly diminishes, and is replaced with more and more curriculum. It’s true that young boys of five years old and younger are at a bit of a disadvantage, the girls having about six months more of maturity than typical boys of the same age.

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