In the Fall of 2011, there were 3.7 million full-time school teachers in America—and an overwhelming majority were women. Between 2007-2008, a full three-fourths of teachers were female. Even during various time periods in history, the clear majority of school teachers have been female—and the gap only continues to widen.
How about the students themselves? Boys tend to have lower college-going and graduation rates. Girls’ brains develop as much as two years ahead of boys’ brains. Boys with A.D.H.D. have more “externalizing” side effects like impulsivity. Girls with the condition exhibit more “internalizing” side effects like depression. Boys must be the troublemakers—they are far more likely than girls to have been suspended by eighth grade.
Boys are five times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with autism, the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. Since girls with autism do not show many signs, it’s easier for them to simply “blend in” with their peers. As such, autistic girls don’t get bullied as often as autistic boys do.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s American Time Use Survey, parents of girls are more likely to have books in the home, read to their children, take children to concerts and sign their children up for extracurricular activities.
Are you surprised by any of these findings? Please share in the comments, and be sure to check out this infographic presented by bachelor-of-education.org to learn more about the role of gender in education!