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'Nurturing boys with explosions'



Boys crisis From Nicholas Kristof's weekend column in the New York Times:

Around the globe, it’s mostly girls who lack educational opportunities. Even in the United States, many people still associate the educational “gender gap” with girls left behind in math.

Yet these days, the opposite problem has sneaked up on us: In the United States and other Western countries alike, it is mostly boys who are faltering in school. The latest surveys show that American girls on average have roughly achieved parity with boys in math. Meanwhile, girls are well ahead of boys in verbal skills, and they just seem to try harder.

The National Honor Society says that 64 percent of its members — outstanding high school students — are girls. Some colleges give special help to male applicants — yes, that’s affirmative action for white males — to avoid skewed sex ratios.

Read full column here. (For what it's worth, Kristof will be lecturing at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg next week.) Read more about the reading gap between girls and boys in Florida here.

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