Refuting the “Boys’ Crisis” MythMay 16, 2008
When AAUW released its landmark report, How Schools Shortchange Girls in 1992, the startling results found that girls in grades K-12 received an inferior education to boys in America’s schools. Among other findings, the report revealed that girls received less attention in the classroom than boys, and girls were not pursing math- and science-related careers in proportion to boys. Girls have been making steady educational gains since then but some argue that those gains have been at the expense of boys, creating a “boys crisis.”
On Tuesday, May 20, AAUW will release Where the Girls Are: The Facts About Gender Equity in Education. This comprehensive look at the educational achievement of girls over the past 35 years pays special attention to the relationship between girls’ and boys’ progress.
Have reports of a “boys crisis” been exaggerated? Find out what the data tells us and learn the facts about gender equity in education.