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The Academic Gender Gap and What to Do About It

Claire Cain Miller reports in the New York Times about new research on gender, culture and educational achievement. According to Miller’s reporting, generally, girls outperform boys in school beginning as early as kindergarten. More women reach and graduate from college than men. And so on.
 
The new research that forms the foundation of this article shows that this underperformance is not innate, but instead rests on the external—school environments and peer influences.
 
“How we parent, how we help children think about their masculinity, and school culture and peer norms have effects on their performance in school,” says Amy Hsin, a sociologist at Queens College in New York.
 
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  • Commencement 2019 Ann Longley, VWS and Bob Connolly '89, WSC

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    Dr. Ann Longley -- Vivian Webb School

    Dr. Bob Connolly ’89 -- Webb School of California
     
     
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