The gap between boys' and girls' respective reading abilities has been getting a lot of attention lately, but the trend itself is not new.
Girls have been better readers than boys for a long, long time, according to a report released Tuesday by th...
Reading Gender Gap Persistent But Shrinking.
The Huffington Post (3/25, Klein) reports that while a Brookings Institute report shows girls have read better than boys “for a long, long time,” it also notes the gap appears to be shrinking; is not as large as racial or class divides; affects countries around the world, including high-performing ones, which the report deemed “troubling”; and shrinks as students age, effectively disappearing by adulthood. The report also states that reading enjoyment “may not have a role” in explaining girls’ higher proficiency, and adds that while the universality of the gap “supports the argument” that it may be biological, the gap has halved in forty years, and “biology doesn’t change that fast.”