Debate of the Month -- The Biological Gender Differences that Influence Learning

Grades 4-6

Girls: Better at learning a foreign language
Boys: Better at reading maps and deciphering directions

Girls: Primarily focused on relationships and communication
Boys: Primarily focused on action, exploration, and things

Girls: Solves math problems with language help
Boys: Solves math problems without talking

Girls: Watches one TV program for longer period
Boys: Channel surfs


Middle School

Girls: Estrogen generates greater activity in brain (first phase of menstruation), leading to increased concentration
Boys: Testosterone, an aggression-inducing chemical, develops boys at ration of 40% protein to 14% fat

Girls: When quiet in class, often confident
Boys: When talkative in class, may be attention-seeking

Girls: 50% less likely to be held back a grade than boys the same age
Boys: 50% more likely to be held back a grade than girls of the same age

High School

Girls: Social hierarchies tend to be fluid
Boys: Social hierarchies tend to be stable

Girls: Higher-than-normal estrogen level produces certain intellectual disadvantages

Boys: IQ scores rise dramatically

Girls: Social acceptance sought on the basis of peer relationships and beauty
Boys: Social acceptance sought based on physical strength and athleticism

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