[Paleopsych] BBC: Women cleverer than men, says MP
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Women cleverer than men, says MP
[Note the date. Mr. Mencken certainly thought so, at least that women were far
more intelligent than men in what mattered. No woman, he said, would be so dumb
to want to be a lawyer or a stock broker.]
Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 December, 2004, 16:13 GMT
GCSE students after receiving their results
Girls are getting more top grades than boys at GCSE and A-level
Women are brighter than men, according to the Labour chairman of the
Commons education committee.
Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman said there was a "danger" of being
obsessed about how boys were doing at school.
His comments followed a committee discussion about whether girls or
boys found it easier to learn to read.
"My own personal view is that women are brighter than men," the MP
said, adding that women now earned on average more than men as middle
He said: "We should celebrate this, shouldn't we? The brightest kids
are coming through and they happen to be women."
In recent years girls have consistently outperformed boys at all
levels of the education system.
The "gender gap" at GCSE level in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
this year was 5.3 percentage points at grades A* and A and by 8.4
points at grades C and above in girls' favour.
Boys' performance had improved more than girls', however.
This was even more noticeable at A-level. Even so, 23.7% of girls'
entries achieved A grades, compared to 21% of boys'.
Ninety-five per cent of boys' entries were passes, against 96.8% of
More young women than men go to university.
Schools define many more boys than girls as having special educational
problems - which some researchers argue means the schools are failing
to meet boys' needs.
In the latest major international study of the performance of
15-year-olds in maths, reading and science tests, boys out-performed
girls in almost all of the 40 countries involved in maths.
In reading, girls had "significantly higher average performance" in
all countries except Liechtenstein. The biggest gap was in Iceland.
Science showed the smallest average gender gap, with boys doing a
American educational researchers William Draves and Julie Coates have
argued that it is not boys who are the problem but schools.
While boys are developing the skills they will need in the "knowledge
jobs" of the future, schools are still preparing students for a past
industrial age, they have said.
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