Excellent article on the importance of reading and good reading skills. She places it in an interesting context of why white males in the US are falling into poverty at a disproportionately high rate.
There are two facts that hold true in virtually every society where males and females have equal access to books and education.
- Females read more than males.
- Females do better in school than males.
While males tend to score better in math, there’s a tie for the sciences, and thereafter girls tend to be on the upward curve.
Is the fact that girls read more, the reason they tend to outperform boys? Or is it mere coincidence? And if boys pick up the slack with reading, will they finally catch up with their female counterparts?
How Reading Affects the Gender Gap in Education
According to the Economist, reading is the primary reason girls outperform boys in school. In an article entitled, Why girls do better at school than boys, they explain:
Reading proficiency is the basis upon which all other learning is built. When boys don’t do…
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