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Head of School Elizabeth J. McGregor on New Research Revealing that Girls Believe Boys are Innately Smarter than Girls

New research reveals that somewhere between the ages of 5 and 6, girls begin to believe boys are smarter than girls.  This can have a long-term effect on their education and career paths.  When this is combined with the fact that many fields, including science and engineering, are perceived to require brilliance more than hard work, you can see how self-selection sows the seeds of the gender gap in these areas.  To overcome cultural stereotypes, researchers point to the need for more "smart" female role models, an increased emphasis on the importance of learning and effort versus innate ability, and perhaps some fine-tuning of how adults and parents interact with girls.  Girls’ schools are great places to surround girls with smart role models - on campus and in the curriculum (the 6th Grade Wax Museum being a perfect example!). At Westridge, discussions about a growth mindset start in 4th grade, and girls can participate and take leadership roles in every subject and activity. The research (click here to read about it) was not a great surprise, but it was a great reminder that schools and parents must ensure, as the researches suggest, that for every Harry there is one Hermione (or even two!) and that there are simple yet important steps we can take every day to make sure girls understand there are no limits to what they can do.  At Westridge, that’s what we are all about. 

Posted by _TestParent _Test in from the head of school, westridge thought leader on Friday February, 3, 2017 at 02:51PM

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