STEMtistics - Math

STEMtistics - Math

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Teachers in the poorest elementary schools lack resources for math

4th teachers with support high poverty schools

Girls Less Interested in Math

girls less interested in math

Fifty percent of male high school graduates said math was one of their favorite subjects, compared to just 43 percent of female high school graduates. 

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, 2015.

No Girls Allowed?

girls attitudes about math

Gender stereotypes take root early. According to a study in the journal Child Development, girls' and boys' attitudes about math begin to diverge as early as second grade. The researchers studied 247 children in Seattle-area grade schools: "Boys associated math with their own gender while girls associated math with boys. In the self-concept test, boys identified themselves with math more than girls did."

Source: Cvencek, D., Meltzoff, A. N. and Greenwald, A. G. (2011), "Math–Gender Stereotypes in Elementary School Children." Child Development, 82: 766–779.

Opportunity Lost


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