Welcome to the newest edition of The Why. “Why do girls get better grades than boys?” Good question. (Besides, it beats answering the question: “Why do girls sometimes smell weird?” Seriously? Not sure which girls you’re sniffing or where you’re sniffing them but perhaps someone just needs a shower or maybe some body spray? Who knows?)
According to sources such as The Atlantic, regardless of grade level or subject, gals get better grades than boys. Not just in the US, but worldwide, “in countries as far afield as Norway and Hong Kong.” But why do girls get better grades than boys?
Online poster “The Wet One’ responds: “Because boys are dumb?” (Really? Don’t forget, Barbie says: “Math is hard,” mmmkay?) Girls are supposedly up to a year ahead of boys which is why they date older boys which apparently somehow becomes an issue when we are older and guys can use thatto their advantage. Really?)
Let’s check with the pros. Enrico Gnaulati Ph.D., a clinical psychologist based in Pasadena, California, says it starts “with kindergarten.” Claire Cameron from the Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning at the University of Virginia confirms that “kindergarten-age girls have far better self-regulation than boys.”
Gnaulati reported that Cameron and company conducted a study that revealed that “boys were a whole year behind girls in all areas of self-regulation.” (See?) He added: “This self-discipline edge for girls carries into middle-school and beyond. This contributes greatly to their better grades across all subjects.”
He also reported that “girls are more adept at ‘reading test instructions before proceeding to the questions’, ‘paying attention to a teacher rather than daydreaming’, ‘choosing homework over TV’ and ‘persisting on long-term assignments despite boredom and frustration.’ Finally, he noted that some “cognitive scientists from the University of Pennsylvania also found that girls are apt to start their homework earlier in the day than boys and spend almost double the amount of time completing it.”
Some sources indicate we shouldn’t be surprised that girls get better grades than boys because today the overall school experience plays to most girls’ strengths—and most boys’ weaknesses. They state that good grades nowadays rely on consistently completing quality homework as well as actually handing it in and on time.
A psychology professor at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, Gwen Kenney-Benson, states that gals get better grades than boys “because they tend to be more mastery-oriented in their schoolwork habits. They are more apt to plan ahead, set academic goals, and put effort into achieving those goals. They also are more likely . . . to feel intrinsically satisfied with the whole enterprise of organizing their work, and more invested in impressing themselves and their teachers with their efforts.”
Why do girls get better grades than boys? Now you know.
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