Sunday, December 6, 2015

Maths and gender

So finally there is definitive research that shows the human brain of both the male and female of the species is the same. It comprises "a mosaic" of all kinds of characteristics regardless of gender. There is, therefore,  no biological  reason why boys should be better at math than girls.

This means that it is the context in which maths is learned that creates the inequalities, as Jo Boaler  so eloquently points out. It means that we, as teachers, as parents, as a culture need to adjust our expectations of what girls can do mathematically.We need to make sure that girls do not receive subtle or not-so-subtle messages that they cannot do math  and that the types of activities that occur in math class are not gender stereotyped in any way. 

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