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Debunking the Myths Behind ‘The Math Myth’

Debunking the Myths Behind ‘The Math Myth’ | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"When I found out that James Tanton—an Australian who serves as the Mathematical Association of America’s mathematician at large, and a proponent for Common Core—wanted to debate Hacker last month at the National Museum of Mathematics in New York, I had to watch.
But as I watched, I had a sinking feeling: It was clear that neither of these men had ever had the experience of being told, either directly or indirectly, that math was not for them. And I realized that, by not being told this, they had never felt compelled to steer clear of math and numbers-heavy careers, even if high-school math wasn’t fun for them either."

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Film Club | 6 Must-Watch Gender-Related Documentaries for Teens

Film Club | 6 Must-Watch Gender-Related Documentaries for Teens | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
For our final Film Club of this school year, we’re suggesting a mix of films to watch and discuss, including short Times videos and longer feature films, all related to the theme of gender.
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Obama Admin. to Schools: No Restrictions on Transgender Restroom Access

Obama Admin. to Schools: No Restrictions on Transgender Restroom Access | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In a letter to the nation's school districts, the federal civil rights officials will tell public school leaders that they must allow transgender students to use the restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.
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Teen Girls And Social Media: A Story Of 'Secret Lives' And Misogyny

Teen Girls And Social Media: A Story Of 'Secret Lives' And Misogyny | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Author Nancy Jo Sales says the Internet fosters a kind of sexism that is harmful to teen girls. Her new book is American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers.
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Study of Teenagers Asks: Who's Happier, Boys or Girls?

Study of Teenagers Asks: Who's Happier, Boys or Girls? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A W.H.O. report on adolescent health and happiness in Europe and North America raised concerns abut the overall well-being of 15-year-old girls, who reported poor or fair health and increased dissatisfaction with their bodies.
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Girls With Toys: A Powerful, Funny, Inspiring Response to Sexism in Science

Girls With Toys: A Powerful, Funny, Inspiring Response to Sexism in Science | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Every time we impose gender on an action or a role—and every time we reinforce that gendering—we are placing limits on people. “Boys with toys” is a very specific stereotype of scientists. It brings to mind not only the phrase “boys will be boys,” one that tends to exempt boys and men from paying attention to culturally appropriate behavior, but also the idea that scientists perform science only for their own enjoyment.
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What Schools Can Do to Help Boys Succeed TIME.com

What Schools Can Do to Help Boys Succeed TIME.com | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
If boys are restive and unfocused, we must look for ways to help them do better. Here are three suggestions
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Whether or not you agree that schools are designed to favor girls, you need to know that this belief is taking hold in the mainstream media and that parents of boys will expect you to be aware of these ideas.

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How to Make School Better for Boys

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Start by acknowledging that boys are languishing while girls are succeeding.
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Number of Female Physics Students Continues to Lag

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The question continues to drive debate -- are males just drawn more often to physics than females, or are they better-suited for the field?
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When Given Another Chance, Girls Match Boys’ Scores in Math | Education News

When Given Another Chance, Girls Match Boys’ Scores in Math | Education News | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In a recent math competition that spanned a number of rounds, researchers found that after the first round the differences in performance between boys and girls disappeared.
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How to Create a Boy-Friendly School

Kelley King in EdWeek's blog "Finding Common Ground" describes ways our schools work against boys and suggests questions and strategies for making them more boy-friendly.  King's book on the topic will be published in April 2013.  This one caught my attention after a particularly bad week with boys--my theory is that they are not getting enough exercise right now (winter) and also perhaps I am not getting enough sleep (patience).

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See also this ASCD article by Kelley King and Michael Gurian, originally published September 2006.  Good info on brain research and also some gives some sources.

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The Families That Can’t Afford Summer

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Most American schools take a 10- to 11-week break during the summer. The assumption that underlies summer vacation — that there is one parent waiting at home for the kids — is true for just over a quarter of American families. For the rest of us, the children are off, the parents are not. We can indulge our annual illusion of children filling joyful hours with sprinkler romps and robotics camp or we can admit the reality: Summer’s supposed freedom is expensive.
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43% of US students get proficient score on NAEP Engineering, Technology Test

43% of US students get proficient score on NAEP Engineering, Technology Test | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Because 2014 marked the first time the technology and engineering exam was administered, there is no data available for drawing direct historical comparisons. But the stubborn achievement gaps that persist in math and reading between race and income level were largely mirrored in the test's results. 


There are also notable differences in scores achieved by students from different school types and locations. 

"The scores clearly show that when students have opportunities to engage with technology and engineering, they become fluent in the skills that prepare them for living and working in the modern world," said Tonya Matthews, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center. "But access to these opportunities from place to place is patchy. That's a call for communities to create opportunities where needed, from schools to science centers to after-school programming."

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Obama administration to issue transgender restroom guidance to schools

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The Obama administration will tell every U.S. public school district on Friday to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity.
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Masterminds & Wingmen

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NPR coverage of Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Your Son Cope With Schoolyard Power, Locker-room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World by Rosalind Wiseman. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Are We Teaching Girls to Fear Failure? | The Virtual Voice

Are We Teaching Girls to Fear Failure? | The Virtual Voice | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
If you want to empower the women in your life, just don’t let them lose their determination, their perseverance. The beauty of a growth mindset is that you can always strengthen it. It’s fluid and malleable and dynamic…if you know girls that have a fixed mindset right now, you can change that.
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CURMUDGUCATION: Why Aren't More Women in Tech? Here's One Thought...

CURMUDGUCATION: Why Aren't More Women in Tech? Here's One Thought... | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

In the past week, death threats against longtime critic of the misogynistic tendencies of the tech industry Anita Sarkeesian have increased and she was forced to move out of her home to protect her family. Peter Greene asserts that merely making the tech industry more friendly to women is not enough, we need to begin the work of combating sexism in schools.

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Ten tips to help our daughters change the world

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How do we encourage young women to enter public life? Melissa Benn presents the girls' guide to 21st-century politics
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The damaging messages of proms

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Rachel Simmons says proms teach girls to value money, conventional beauty, and to wait to be asked out.
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I know that prom is a treasured rite of passage in high school, but I do wonder what we, as educators, can do to mitigate some of the more damaging social messages proms perpetuate.  Simmons discusses here what girls learn from the prom experience--I'd love to see a similar list of what boys learn (obviously, many of the same things, but some specific to their gender as well).

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How Cultural Stereotypes Lure Women Away From Careers in Science | TIME.com

How Cultural Stereotypes Lure Women Away From Careers in Science | TIME.com | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Women may be underrepresented in science and technology not because they are less skilled in those areas or because they face specific gender barriers to entering these fields, but because they may find better opportunities elsewhere.
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For Girls, Teachers' Gender Matters, Study Says

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New research suggests that female teachers' comfort with math particularly affects their female students.
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