31 Dec '11, 8am

Girls are 'more resilient' than boys at school, a study finds

LONDON - Girls appear to be more resilient than boys in preventing problems at home from affecting their behaviour in school, according to a United States study which aims to explain the educational achievement gap between the genders. The tendency for girls to perform better in the later years of school has become increasingly pronounced in the UK in the past two decades. In 2011, the percentage point gap between the proportion of girls gaining A* or A grades in GCSE subjects and that for boys hit a record 6.7, up from just 1.5 percentage points in 1989. The new study, based on detailed data from 20,000 US children over a decade, found no particular evidence of school-based factors being significant. Instead, it discovered that boys raised outside a traditional two-parent family were more likely to display behavioural and self-control problems in school and were suspended...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC111231-0000034/Girls-...

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