Numbers Show Many Inequities Facing Girls in School
In his Sept. 8 letter to the editor, "Title IX is supposed to be about more than equality on ball fields," Edward E. Bartlett used statistics from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to show that boys are lagging in education.
Although it is true that boys face problems in school, there still are many inequities facing girls. In our 1998 report, "Gender Gaps: Where Schools Fail Our Children," the AAUW Educational Foundation uncovered many learning gaps:
* While boys trail girls in enrollment in algebra, geometry, biology, chemistry, social studies, foreign languages and fine arts, boys enroll in more advanced computer science and graphics courses (contributing to a growing "technology gap") and boys still are more likely to take all three core science courses - biology, chemistry and physics - by graduation.
* While girls have higher grade-point averages, boys score higher on both the Scholastic Assessment Test and American College Testing Program , which are critically important in gaining college acceptance.
* More girls than boys take Advanced Placement courses and exams, but girls receive fewer scores of 3 or higher on the exams. …