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Report Aims to Debunk Myths on Gender and Education

A new report examines commonly held assumptions about the differences in how girls and boys learn and achieve in education. Experts discuss the findings and how they might help educators better address issues of learning and gender.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Now, the debate over a gender gap in education. Ray Suarez is in charge.

  • RAY SUAREZ:

    For years, there have been worries about what's been called a crisis in the education of boys and young men.

    One of the most distressing patterns to admissions counselors and some educators: trends showing young women graduating high school and attending college at higher rates than men.

    But a new report from the American Association of University Women argues the gender crisis is a myth. Among its findings: average test scores for elementary school students through college have risen or remained stable for both boys and girls in recent decades; and income, race and ethnicity tend to be more closely associated with the gaps in educational achievement.

    We get a closer look at the findings and the larger question of a gender gap with Linda Hallman, the executive director of the American Association of University Women, which issued the report; and Tom Mortenson, a senior scholar at the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education.

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