Girls Can Do It Too!

by on 07/27/2008 in Odd Stuff

I am not convinced at all about this statistic and for good reason. In the last 20 years, every lady I have dated or married (1), were not up to par in math, even basic math. The biggest struggles I have noticed were fractions, percentages, and division. According to this study, girls are just as good as boys in math.

A study that was carried out by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison found out that girls and boys have similar scores at math tests, contrary to common belief. Even though this study has little chance to change what most people think, which is that girls don’t have the same natural abilities as boys when it comes to math, it surely should lead counselors and teachers to change the way they think about the matter.

A similar study that was conducted 20 years ago found that girls were likely to have worse results in math and physics than boys. However, during the last several years, more and more girls have started taking math classes, which researchers consider to be the explanation for the results of their study.

6 Responses to “Girls Can Do It Too!”

  1. bloggista

    Jul 27th, 2008

    Ohhh. My girlfriend is a Math Major graduate and eats math on breakfast, lunch and dinner. :-) I barely passed Math subjects in college even though I took engineering. :-) SO I believe the girls are better in counting – like, how many times you caught dating with someone else, how many times you took a bath in a week, how many hours you spent in the bathroom, how many bills left unpaid during the past month, and so on. :-)

  2. Frank J

    Jul 27th, 2008

    Interesting opinion, and I agree on what they count well at!

  3. Curt

    Jul 27th, 2008

    I read a study a few years back that said this was mostly created by an attitude in class by teachers. An inaccurate, but typical assumption. Math questions were typically pointed towards the boys.

    Actually, my 16 year old daughter went to the Wisconsin State testing to represent her school district in math this year. She’s a natural.

  4. Frank J

    Jul 27th, 2008

    Curt,

    You have good bloodlines, and all the best to your daughter!

  5. Jennifer

    Jul 27th, 2008

    I think it all comes down to whether you are a left brain or a right brain person. I was always great at math but I very dominant on the left brain side and have always struggled when trying to be creative. More women do tend to be stronger on the right side. But there are some lucky people like my younger son that have both.

  6. Frank J

    Jul 27th, 2008

    Jennifer,

    Great comment! Many of us are strong in certain area’s of study, but there are a few that are well balanced in many area’s.