Math Is Harder for Girls. . . and also, it seems, for the New York Times.
Original post made by Sharon, Midtown, on Jul 29, 2008
The New York Times is determined to show that women are discriminated against in the sciences; too bad the facts say otherwise.
A new study has "found that girls perform as well as boys on standardized math tests," claims a July 25 article by Tamar Lewinthus, the underrepresentation of women on science faculties must result from bias.
Actually, the study, summarized in the July 25 issue of Science, shows something quite different: while boys' and girls' average scores are similar, boys outnumber girls among students in both the highest and the lowest score ranges.
Either the Times is deliberately concealing the results of the study or its reporter cannot understand the most basic science reporting.Web Link
Among white 11th-graders, there were twice as many boys as girls above the 99th percentilethat is, at the very top of the curve. (Asians, however, showed a very slight skew toward females above the 99th percentile, while there were too few Hispanics and blacks scoring above even the 95th percentile to compute their gender ratios.)
Far from raising the presumption of gender bias among schools and colleges, the Science study strengthens a competing hypothesis:
that the main drivers of success in scientific fields are aptitude and knowledge, in conjunction with personal choices about career and family that feminists refuse to acknowledge.