Help girls overcome stereotypes

October 14, 2008 at 6:03 pm Leave a comment

I just read a great article in the Baltimore Sun written by Kate Shatzkin: http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/custom/today/bal-to.hs.consult13oct13,0,7918762.story

The article documents a phenomenon common in girls (and women) where we internalize poor performance or poor grades a negative reflection of ourselves and our abilities, all to often leading in the misconception at an early age that girls “aren’t good at math or science”.  The reverse is true of boys (and men I would argue), they externalize these challenges and are likely to attribute poor performance on a test not as a reflection of not being smart enough, but of not being ready for the test, or the teachers picking unfair questions, etc.  What I love about this article is that on top of giving parents tips it also emphasizes the core of all programs:  stress the utilitarian aspect of how math, science and technology careers. Girls want to know how these careers help people and make the world better, that’s what makes these opportunities exciting and meaningful to them!

Rachel

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