So much for the assumption that boys are better than girls at math, said Eliza Strickland in a Discover magazine blog. Researchers who looked at standardized test scores for 7 million students in grades 2 through 11 found no difference in performance between girls and boys, according to a study published in the journal Science.
The facts are clear enough, said Alice Park in Time.com, but the myth that girls can’t do math is slow to die. And that skewed view, rather than some lack of aptitude, is still “what keeps girls from pursuing math and science as a career.”
Girls did score lower on math tests, 20 years ago, said Ed Morrissey in a Hot Air blog. But “concerned parents getting involved solved the problem” by getting girls to take advanced math classes. This just goes to show that quotas imposed by politically correct bean counters aren't the answer.
This study is hardly an indictment of political correctness, said Jeff Fecke in Blog of the Moderate Left. It merely proves what feminists have always said: Women haven’t been shut out of the hard sciences because “they’re just too emotional and giggly to do math.” Sexism was the problem all along.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Republicans love this new health care plan. Too bad it's basically a tax cut for the rich.
- In defense of Gwyneth Paltrow
- In Ferguson, Michael Brown lost his life — and America's police lost the benefit of the doubt
- Is it now OK to have sex with animals?
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- 8 tricks to surviving the holidays without gaining weight or being grouchy
- Adam Sandler's 'Thanksgiving Song': Explaining the 22-year-old tune's pop-culture references
- Chuck Hagel wasn't the problem. It's America's addiction to endless war.
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- 17 old proverbs we should use more often
Subscribe to the Week