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Have you heard, Girls are lousy at math!

November 13, 2013

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Have you ever heard girls are lousy at math? Would you believe telling them otherwise bring different results.

A few years ago the University of Michigan conducted a math study. Students with similar abilities were divided into two groups. In the first, the students were told that men perform better than women, in the second; they were assured that despite everything they might have heard, male and female performance is equal. Then they were given the same math test. The results stunned the researchers. While in the second group men outscored women by only 2 points, the first group difference was 20 points.

It takes persistence to turn around any cultural bias and gender imbalance is no exception. What we can all do to uncast the math spell however, is to tell girls they are good at math.

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From → Hic Salta

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