‘Boys are like puppies, girls aim to please’: New research shows teachers are upfront about gender differences

It’s is quite upsetting to read that some teachers still do this.

National Post | News

More than 7,000 academics are gathered in Victoria, B.C., this week for the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, presenting papers on everything from the errant lessons of Grey’s Anatomy to Justin Trudeau’s political brand power. In this week-long series, the National Post showcases some of the most interesting research.

Today, Sarah Boesveld peeks inside the classroom.

A teacher’s idea of how boys and girls behave and learn can have a surprising impact on student success, suggests new research to be presented this week at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Victoria.

Gender notions are widespread, and even have some truth to them: Girls are thought to be more focused and harder workers, while boys are rambunctious and more hands-on. But teachers can make pivotal decisions, such as whether a child advances to a more intense class or whether to bulk up on a certain…

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