To the Adirondack Journal:
In June 23 issue of the Adirondack Journal, I saw a lovely photo of the proud top ten students of North Warren High School. Congratulations to the nine young women and one (yes, just one) young man.
I received a circular from the Warrensburg Central School District the other week. Here I find a photo of the top ten seniors: seven proud young women, three young men. The circular also showed a photo of the high school’s contingent to the National Senior Honor Society. Congratulations to the 13 young women and one young man, all high achievers.
Anyone perceive a trend here? Add up these groups and we find 29 girls, 5 boys. Whew! Talk about gender disparity!
Okay, maybe it is a small sample size but I have seen this trend over many years. Are boys not as smart as girls?
But wait: these honors are for achievement, not aptitude. Feel better? Not me. Strongly implied by these results is a culture of not trying, of “achievement isn’t cool” among our male students.
“Houston, we have a problem!”
Does anyone have any ideas of what to do?