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By Joseph Berger Image: The New York Times, May 16, 2007

aha! Process, Inc. – Video – Yes, An Apparent Ruby Payne Disciple

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DISCUSSION – Gurian & Stevens
Boys: Girls: More impulsive, 15% more blood flow Increased spatial, to areas of the brain, abstract & Verbal-emotive Mechanical functioning, Better listening skills, Less oxytocin (primary human More detailed writing, bonding chemical), More adept at Language Arts, Compartmentalize learning, Adept at multitasking, Rest states (prefer fewer words), Recharge w/o rest states, Need more physical space, Need to see relevance of Need to move around, Becoming Tech-savvy Create more noise, Spatial techniques to draw out “feelings”

Boy Friendly Classrooms?

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Michael Gurian

The Gurian Institute

Kathy Stevens

Yes! Check out the Stats!

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DISCUSSION – Mead
What is the bigger issue?
1. 2. 3. Race & socio-economic issues the big issue. Interpreting test results too complicated; • Few constant measures to individual achievement • Tests are too new Respected test: National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), “The Nation’s Report Card (US Dept of Education)” • Only way to measure national trends in boy/girl performances. • Does not support that “boys’ academic achievement is falling.” • Grades 4-8 – improved; Grades 9-12 – not so clear • Race factor: Whites 10x more successful than Blacks & Hispanics (low, but not getting worse)

Sara Mead
New America Foundation

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No! Check These Out!

SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics GRAPHIC: The Washington Post - June 26, 2006

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Questions from Gurian and Stevens Article
What are the benefits of teachers receiving

training in the differences in male/female brains? [See p. 427: Nature- based approach] Is the fact that there are more female teachers in public schools having a bearing on the statistics given? [See p. 426: “Who’s Failing?” Major factor for failure: reading/writing scores]

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Questions from Mead Article
What role does ethnicity and socio-economic

roles – race & class - play in boys’ educational accomplishments? [See p. 436: “We Should Be Worried About Some Subgroups of Boys” and “The Source of the Boy Crisis…”] Is there a hidden agenda by conservatives to derail feminism and progressive education? Why or why not? [See p. 440-441: “A number of conservative authors…”]
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Additional Questions
Is there a correlation between poor

academic performance among black, Hispanic and impoverished boys and the absence of fathers in the home?

Are there any other participant

questions related to this issue?
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Discussion/Conclusion

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