So-Called “Boys Crisis” in Education A Myth

A new study released by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) reports that the so-called “boys crisis” brought on by the increase of women high school and college graduates is a myth. The study (see PDF) shows that the disparity in education is not between boys and girls but between students of different races, ethnicities, and income levels.

Christianne Corbett, co-author of the AAUW study, told the New York Times, “A lot of people think it is the boys that need the help. The point of the report is to highlight the fact that that is not exclusively true. There is no crisis with boys. If there is a crisis, it is with African American and Hispanic students and low-income students, girls and boys.”

The report reveals when girls perform better academically, boys’ academic scores also improve. Linda Hallman, executive director of AAUW, said in a press release, “A rising tide lifts all boats. When girls perform better in school, we see improvements across gender, race, and income lines.”


Where the Girls Are AAUW Report; AAUW Press Release 05/20/08; Washington Post 05/20/08; The New York Times 05/20/08

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