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07 Sep 2006 - 22:42
For every 100 girls enrolled in nursery school there are 112 boys enrolled.
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For every 100 girls enrolled in kindergarten there are 116 boys enrolled.
For every 100 girls enrolled in elementary grades there are 107 boys enrolled.
For every 100 girls enrolled in ninth grade there are 101 boys enrolled.
For every 100 girls enrolled in tenth grade there are 94 boys enrolled.
For every 100 girls enrolled in eleventh grade there are 109 boys enrolled.
For every 100 girls enrolled in twelfth grade there are 98 boys enrolled.
For every 100 girls enrolled in high school there are 100 boys enrolled.
For every 100 girls enrolled in gifted and talented programs in public elementary and secondary schools there are 94 boys enrolled.
For every 100 girls who graduate from high school 96 boys graduate
For every 100 girls suspended from public elementary and secondary schools 250 boys are suspended.
For every 100 girls expelled from public elementary and secondary schools 335 boys are expelled.
For every 100 girls diagnosed with a special education disability 217 boys are diagnosed with a special education disability.
For every 100 girls diagnosed with a learning disability 276 boys are diagnosed with a learning disability.
For every 100 girls diagnosed with emotional disturbance 324 boys are diagnosed with emotional disturbance
For every 100 girls diagnosed with a speech impairment 147 boys are similarly diagnosed.
For every 100 girls diagnosed with mental retardation 138 boys are diagnosed as mentally retarded.
The Boys Project
compiled by Tom Mortenson
A couple of things. First of all, the high school graduation rates were closer than I expected.....until I looked back and realized that the boy girl ratio in nursery school is 112/100. Fifteen years later that ratio has been whittled down to 96/100. Second, the massive difference in the ratio of mentally retarded boys to girls versus "learning disabled" boys to girls is appalling. This statistic transcends race (I believe), although from what I've seen the public school system seems to consider black children learning disabled almost by definition. Christian went to school in Mamaroneck for years. Every black child in his school, except for the few who had affluent parents, was on an IEP. They were physically segregated from the white students.
USA Today report on 135:100 boys:girls ratio in college
sexism in Everyday Math
boy trouble (New Republic on boys)
slacker boys, middle school, & forbidden positive images of boys in textbooks
throw rocks at them
please remain seated at all times
Ann Althouse thread sums up classroom change
cooperative vs. competitive learning
the girl show (8th grade graduation awards)
the boy show (character ed)
the other boy show
Where the Boys Aren't
boys & noncognitive skills
letter from Robert Lerner, former commissioner NCES
Tom Mortenson's research
The Boys Project board
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This may just be the other side of the phenomenon that Larry Summers got fired from Harvard for mentioning. While there is little difference in the mean intelligence of boys and girls, boys' standard deviation from the mean is significantly greater. The result is (may be) more boys who end up as professors at elite schools and more boys who end up needing assistance for their entire lives. -- DougSundseth - 03 Jul 2006
I assume that's true, but the LD stats are the problem. There's no way (IMO) the number of LD boys outnumbers LD girls to that degree. -- CatherineJohnson - 03 Jul 2006
When my sister was sent to Currajong (a school for emotionally troubled etc kids) she was the first girl there for more than two years. There was generally about 40 kids at the school. Never was there any more than 5 girls. Now that Julie and the other kids she was at school with have 'graduated' (ie they can control themselves so that they are no longer dangerous) there are new kids at the school. Surprise surprise - all boys. -- SamanthaRawson - 04 Jul 2006
I think I'm just seeing Samantha's comment. I ran into a friend who has a daughter with some kind of problem....primarily emotional, I think, though she probably has some learning difficulties, too. There really is something wrong with this child, but she's one of those unique cases; there's no diagnosis. Something just went wrong in the very beginning, genetically, or during the pregnancy. I was asking my friend how low-SES kids do in Irvington, and she said, "I know how they do; they're all in special ed. It's all low-SES boys and my daughter." -- CatherineJohnson - 07 Sep 2006
The special ed situation is a scandal, but it's taken me years to realize just how scandalous it is. I guess I had to spend time with Christian, a brainy guy who was classified special needs and graduated with an IEP diploma, to really see it. Every black kid he grew up with was classified special needs. Ken has the figures on huge increases in special needs population over the years. These are all boys — boys of every color — who wouldn't have been classified when I was a kid. -- CatherineJohnson - 07 Sep 2006
We'll see much more of that now -- bright kids with inappropriate special needs classification. It's the only way to get their stats out of the NCLB numbers. It's not a get-out-of-jail-free card, but they'll try to play it for a while. -- CarolynJohnston - 07 Sep 2006
actually....you can't get out of the NCLB stats that way, can you? that's supposed to be one of the funadmental points of the law; the special needs kids have to come up to grade level, too when we talked to our lawyer last week (I'll get around to posting something on that) he characterized NCLB as a special needs law a huge part of the impetus for NCLB was to force schools to teach black & Hispanic kids who are all languishing in special ed -- CatherineJohnson - 07 Sep 2006