Highlights grade disparity among genders
Right or wrong, a new study shows elementary teachers reward girls with higher grades because they 'behave' better than boys.
The study could lead to further research on solutions to grade disparity, including single-gender classrooms and other strategies.
Gender expert Judy Hoberman says 'respect' should be taught just as the 'three Rs' are.
"Teachers are people, and whoever is going to make their day easier is probably going to be rewarded," Hoberman tells KTRH News.
Hoberman says the study being published later this month in the Journal of Human Resources really highlights the differences between boys and girls, even women and men when it comes to behavior.
"Sometimes little boys can't wait until recess," she says. "And maybe that's part of this whole thing is that they do like to work with their hands, but schools are encouraging more discussions and stories, so maybe that's not viable for little boys right now."
In the meantime, parents really need to rein boys in when it comes to school.
"No, boys should not be punished," says Hoberman. "But there is a time and a place for clowning around and there is a time and place for learning."
Teach that at home she says, and your boy will receive better marks in the classroom.
Hear the podcast with Matt Patrick and Houston's Morning News as he talks with Hoberman: