He researched schools in 35 countries to find out why girls were outstripping boys. He believes the reason lies mainly with the learning differences of the two genders which are pre-determined by structural differences in the brain. Girls have a greater capacity for verbal skills, which encompass reading, writing and speaking, while boys have a natural advantage with spatial/mechanical skills.
Rachel Simmons - author of "Odd Girl Out" on how girls show aggression
Rachel Simmons is the author of "Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls". Whereas boys' aggression often takes a physical form, girls will be more subtle, using manipulation and name-calling or threatening isolation from their peers. (relational aggression - from Oct 2002)
- SLAM books?
- "Women should get in touch with their 'inner bullies' .... in order to promote a healthier discussion of aggression."
- Inability of girls to confront "conflict"
- "we have drama over the dumbest things"
- "Boys fight and it is over - whereas girls conflicts drag on"
This follows closely an academic speaker who came thru Western Canada recently - Dr. James S. Brown - who was pushing his book "Saving our under-achieving Boys". Here is a YouTube Video of his talk.
And here is Dr. Christina Hoff-Sommers approach on the same topic.