Are boys being shortchanged in K–12 schooling?

If you Google “gender bias in education” you’ll come up with about 21 million hits. Historically, this gender bias has been in favor of men, but this article from Education Next explores a perceived change in recent years:

“Debates about gender and schooling have taken a surprising turn in the past decade. After years of concern that girls were being shortchanged in male-dominated schools, especially in math and science, there has grown a rising chorus of voices worrying about whether boys are the ones in peril.”

In the article, Education Next discusses the issue with Richard Whitmire, former USA Today editorial writer and author of Why Boys Fail, and Susan McGee Bailey, executive director of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College and principal author of the 1992 AAUW report How Schools Shortchange Girls.

What do you think about this issue? Have you seen identifiable changes in gender bias if you compare your own time in K-12 education to that of children today?

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