Sunday, August 23, 2009

Boy's reading ability worse than girls in Ontario

In the Winnipeg Free Press last week, this article entitled Closing the Gender Gap on Reading describes a study to uncover how to improve boy's reading ability - which continues to lag girls and has in fact gotten worse.
"The gap actually tends to grow as kids get older," Klinger said. Nobody seems to know exactly why.

The education equality office "would like to reduce the gender gap, but we've said to them that you can't even begin to address that until you understand it," he said.

"So that's what we're working on. Don't expect the answers yet because we're only now starting to look at this. This has not been on the radar really until the last five years. It's a really complex problem."

When I asked Klinger why Ontario was able to close the gender gap in math but not the one in reading, he replied, "Because we focused for years on the needs of girls."

Interesting if not candid admission.

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