Who is smarter: boys or girls? And if everyone is equal, then why do girls get higher grades in school. A well-known neuroscientist called the true causes.
It is believed that girls develop faster than boys. They, according to the observations of parents, begin to speak earlier, learn other skills earlier.
Does this mean that girls are smarter than boys? The famous neuroscientist, Dr. Dean Burnett answers: not at all!
The author of four books on psychology and brain function explained why boys get lower grades in school and how this can be corrected.
Reason 1: Toys
In kindergarten, boys tend to choose constructors like Lego (or they are persuaded to do so by their parents), and girls play with dolls. Passion for the designer helps the boy to develop spatial perception.
But role-playing games with dolls develop imagination. In addition, “daughters-mothers” teach girls to be more caring, obedient, pleasant to people, and neat. And these are very useful skills in school.© Getty Images
“Perhaps it gives them some head start in education,” says the scientist in an interview with The Sun. When it comes to exams, a girl who has learned to please people knows how to please teachers. And qualities such as obedience and accuracy help to follow the curriculum more clearly. “
How to fix: Four years is the most important age for child development. What happens during this period has the most lasting effect on the child. Give the kids different toys, let the boys play with the dolls. If they have broader interests from an early age, it means that it will be easier and more interesting for them to study at school.
Reason 2: Female teachers
Teachers are mostly women. Therefore, boys may associate school, the “boring work of the teacher” as an exclusively “women’s thing”. Because of this, some boys begin to believe that school and education are not for them.
How to fix: it is good if there are men at home who confirm by their example that education is very important. Dads, grandfathers, uncles who love to read, who help with homework and can explain the laws of physics. Otherwise, the boys will grow up with the thought: “Pedagogy, education is a woman’s job, I should not do this.”
Reason 3: Boys encourage strength, not intelligence
The boy must be strong, must stand up for himself, parents are sure. We are very frightened by the image of a bespectacled nerd. Therefore, the son is more likely to be given to the boxing section than to the circle of readers. Subconsciously, we encourage boys’ physical abilities more than our mental abilities. The child feels this, so he does not seek to be a diligent clever man.© Getty Images
How to fix: Parents should approve of any desire of the boy for knowledge. No “crammed”, “nerds” and other nicknames. A child needs to understand that being an educated, well-read guy is cool.
Reason 4: Boys are expected to do less
Often, teachers are quite biased and demand much less from boys than from girls. Guys are ready to praise for any trifle, while girls for the sake of approval will have to try hard. Boys feel it, so they do not particularly strain in their studies.
How to fix: do not give the child relief just because he is a boy. Girls and boys have equal intelligence. The only difference is that society says, “Girls should do well and boys should play sports.” And one more thing: if children are treated as capable, they become capable.
Reason 5: Girls are prepared for exams from early childhood
Studies have shown that girls pass exams better, but not always because of intelligence. It’s just that girls from a young age are taught to be obedient, taught to please people.
Girls are taught how long a skirt to wear at school, how to braided hair. Women have more limitations, so when they are told to work hard, prepare for exams and be quiet in the classroom, they obey.
How to fix: If you set strict rules for the daily routine, for appearance, these rules should apply to both girls and boys.