Teachers Think Boys Are Better At Math Than Girls (And They’re Wrong)
4:00 pm, April 9th | by Laura Donovan
If you’re a female, your instructor may very well have underestimated your mathematical skills. According to an analysis of national survey results, educators often rank white girls’ math skills lower than those of white male students, even when the girls’ exam scores and grades are similar to those of the boys.
“We find evidence of a consistent bias against white females, which although relatively small in magnitude, suggests that teachers hold the belief that math is just easier for white males than it is for white females,” write Catherine Riegle-Crumb and Melissa Humphries of the University of Texas at Austin in the April edition of journal, Gender & Society.
In other words, teachers may be subscribing to that awful stereotype that boys perform better in math than girls:
“The bias teachers reveal against white female students may very well be something they are not consciously aware of, but it’s usually subtle,” Riegle-Crumb said in a news release issued by UT. “But it’s definitely present, per our research findings.”
This kind of attitude isn’t going to inspire girls to pursue engineering or the like and only fuels the idea that people with XX chromosomes and math will always be at war with each other.