Monday, June 8, 2009

Study: Girls are NOT naturally worse at math!

Remember those studies that purported to show that girls just don't have the same natural math ability as boys? The studies that prompted Harvard President Larry Summers (and now advisor to President Barack Obama) to say that biology explains why there are fewer female math professors than males?

Bogus. As Reuters Health and Science Editor Maggie Fox reports here, a new study shows that it is gender inequality (nurture, not nature) that propels boys into excelling at math:

"We conclude that gender inequality, not lack of innate ability or 'intrinsic
aptitude', is the primary reason fewer females than males are identified as
excelling in mathematics performance in most countries, including the United
States," Janet Hyde and Janet Mertz of the University of Wisconsin in Madison
wrote in their report.

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