Sorry boys: Girls now make higher grades in all school subjects


April 29, 2014
Brain & Behavior

For math, science, boys lead on achievement tests while girls do better on classroom grades, research reveals

Despite the stereotype that boys do better in math and science, girls have made higher grades than boys throughout their school years for nearly a century, according to a new analysis published by the American Psychological Association.

“Although gender differences follow essentially stereotypical patterns on achievement tests in which boys typically score higher on math and science, females have the advantage on school grades regardless of the material,” said lead study author Daniel Voyer, PhD, of the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada. “School marks reflect learning in the larger social context of the classroom and require effort and persistence over long periods of time, whereas standardized tests assess basic or specialized academic abilities and aptitudes at one point in time without social influences.”

Based on research from 1914 through 2011 that spanned more than 30 countries, the study found the differences in grades between girls and boys were largest for language courses and smallest for math and science. The female advantage in school performance in math and science did not become apparent until junior or middle school, according to the study, published in the APA journal Psychological Bulletin. The degree of gender difference in grades increased from elementary to middle school, but decreased between high school and college.

The researchers examined 369 samples from 308 studies, reflecting grades of 538,710 boys and 595,332 girls. Seventy percent of the samples consisted of students from the United States. Other countries or regions represented by more than one sample included Norway, Canada, Turkey, Germany, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, Slovakia, United Kingdom Africa and Finland. Countries represented by one sample included Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Mexico, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Jordan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Serbia and Slovenia.

All studies included an evaluation of gender differences in teacher-assigned grades or official grade point averages in elementary, junior/middle or high school, or undergraduate and graduate university. Studies that relied on self-report and those about special populations, such as high-risk or mentored students, were excluded. The studies also looked at variables that might affect the students’ grades, such as the country where students attended school, course material, students’ ages at the time the grades were obtained, the study date and racial composition of the samples.

The study reveals that recent claims of a “boy crisis,” with boys lagging behind girls in school achievement, are not accurate because girls’ grades have been consistently higher than boys’ across several decades with no significant changes in recent years, the authors wrote.

“The fact that females generally perform better than their male counterparts throughout what is essentially mandatory schooling in most countries seems to be a well-kept secret, considering how little attention it has received as a global phenomenon,” said co-author Susan Voyer, MASc, also of the University of New Brunswick.

As for why girls perform better in school than boys, the authors speculated that social and cultural factors could be among several possible explanations. Parents may assume boys are better at math and science so they might encourage girls to put more effort into their studies, which could lead to the slight advantage girls have in all courses, they wrote. Gender differences in learning styles is another possibility. Previous research has shown girls tend to study in order to understand the materials, whereas boys emphasize performance, which indicates a focus on the final grades. “Mastery of the subject matter generally produces better marks than performance emphasis, so this could account in part for males’ lower marks than females,” the authors wrote.




Sorry boys: Girls now make higher grades in all school subjects

97 Responses to Sorry boys: Girls now make higher grades in all school subjects

  1. Rocky Colavito May 16, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    Girls have received remedial equalizing attention while
    boys, owing to the religious right, have received
    transference of witchhunt of masculine insecurity,
    such that they’re preoccupied asserting gender
    (boys hurt animals, men don’t, but do if they need
    asserting masculinity.)

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  2. 14018919 C.M Managanya May 10, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

    Gender (boy/girl) it all boils to one thing that is neurons-DNA- gene. Intelligence is not determined by sexual morphology of an individual but mainly a factor of genotype(looking into somatic cells) and phenotype. I believe that in the past woman were lead into believing that they were only good for baby making and house cleaning because woman were regarded as weak. Woman are far more than just pretty eyes and dish washing machines. Now in the modern world both man and woman contribute to the economy and scientific world equally. Intelligence is based on the kind of genes that were passed on to you and the kind of environment you have been exposed to and remember that a brain that lacks activity is a wasted mind.

  3. u14081017 May 5, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

    If you read Christina Hoff Sommers’ The War Against Boys, you’ll blame feminism for feminizing schools; if you read Leonard Sax’s Why Gender Matters or Michael Gurian’s The Minds of Boys, you’ll think it’s the brain differences between boys and girls that educators don’t take into account; if you read Peg Tyre’s The Trouble with Boys, you’ll conclude that classrooms are unfriendly places for boys, and that teachers’ techniques don’t work for them. If you read other experts, they’ll tell you that the “boy crisis” is overblown.

    During my research I found that ADHD, once called hyperkinesia or minimal brain dysfunction, is one of the most common mental disorders among children. It affects 3 to 5 percent of all children, perhaps as many as 2 million American children. Two to three times more boys than girls are affected. ADHD often continues into adolescence and adulthood, and can cause a lifetime of frustrated dreams and emotional pain.People suffering from ADHD can suffer from underachievement at school due to a learning disability,attention lapses caused by petit mal seizures,a middle ear infection that causes an intermittent hearing problem and disruptive or unresponsive behavior due to anxiety or depression emotional pain.I think ADHD is one of the factors causing boys to get lower marks than girls.

    The scholars attributed this “misalignment” to differences in “noncognitive skills”: attentiveness, persistence, eagerness to learn, the ability to sit still and work independently. As most parents know, girls tend to develop these skills earlier and more naturally than boys.

    There are some who say, well, too bad for the boys. If they are inattentive, obstreperous and distracting to their teachers and peers, that’s their problem. After all, the ability to regulate one’s impulses, delay gratification, sit still and pay close attention are the cornerstones of success in school and in the work force. It’s long past time for women to claim their rightful share of the economic rewards that redound to those who do well in school.

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  5. Nyasha May 5, 2014 at 4:13 am #

    I strongly disagree that intelligence is determined by gender. I think your intelligence is determined by genes. People are unique we do not have the same potential.

  6. 13072006 May 5, 2014 at 3:55 am #

    To me it comes as no surprise, there’s always been something unique about woman staying at home and doing house chores as men leave for work. As sexist as it sound it shows how complex and multi-tasked woman have always been over the years. While men are uni-tasked and generally prefere the same sports, cars and job for over long periods of time. this shows how woman are capable of processing large information over a small period of time.

  7. Alice Pacheco 14055059 May 5, 2014 at 2:31 am #

    After reading through the article and the in depth and thorough debate amongst the comments I have decided to disagree with the article. I believe that ones intelligence is not determined by gender but rather ones upbringing, exposure to particular environments as well as their genetic disposition. yes it is known that in school girls tend to be more organised md disciplined with their wok than boys which may have an impact on their marks. however this does not prove than over all girls are more clever than boys. it merely depends on the type of person and their influences

  8. Kabelo Mahloromela(14194237) May 5, 2014 at 12:20 am #

    There is a program on the National Geographic Channel called “Brain Games”. Their experiments have show that women have more connected neurons and a larger limbic cortex than man, giving them an increased ability to process information. They concluded that male and female brains actually start diverging in the womb. Ultrasound images of fetuses at 26 weeks, for example, in their studies, have shown that females already have a better developed corpus callosum, the bridge of nerve tissue that connects the right and left sides of the brain. That difference seems to persist into adulthood, and helps give women the ability to use more of their brain to process language than men do. In a research study, when men and women listened to a passage being read aloud from a novel, only the left hemisphere in the male brains was activated. Women subjects, in contrast, showed activity in both the left and right hemispheres.

  9. Liberty.M(14198593) May 4, 2014 at 11:53 pm #

    I disagree that girls are obtaining higher marks than boys since the human brain and the way human beings think is the same irrespective of the gender difference.It has been scientifically proven that intelligence does not at all depend on gender. I think this article is only referring to one country where the research was done and it does not refer to the whole world because the difference in gender performance at academic institutions differs from country to country due to difference in cultural and social behaviours within the human societies which influence the performance of students. Another thing which might bring a difference in gender performance is the issue how boy behave towards their academic work, they think like they are intelligent enough to an extant of not studying for the exams and this will lead to poor performance.

  10. u14081017 May 4, 2014 at 11:15 pm #

    If you read Christina Hoff Sommers’ The War Against Boys, you’ll blame feminism for feminizing schools; if you read Leonard Sax’s Why Gender Matters or Michael Gurian’s The Minds of Boys, you’ll think it’s the brain differences between boys and girls that educators don’t take into account; if you read Peg Tyre’s The Trouble with Boys, you’ll conclude that classrooms are unfriendly places for boys, and that teachers’ techniques don’t work for them. If you read other experts, they’ll tell you that the “boy crisis” is overblown.

    During my research I found that ADHD, once called hyperkinesia or minimal brain dysfunction, is one of the most common mental disorders among children. It affects 3 to 5 percent of all children, perhaps as many as 2 million American children. Two to three times more boys than girls are affected. ADHD often continues into adolescence and adulthood, and can cause a lifetime of frustrated dreams and emotional pain.People suffering from ADHD can suffer from underachievement at school due to a learning disability,attention lapses caused by petit mal seizures,a middle ear infection that causes an intermittent hearing problem and disruptive or unresponsive behavior due to anxiety or depression emotional pain.I think ADHD is one of the factors causing boys to get lower marks than girls.

    The scholars attributed this “misalignment” to differences in “noncognitive skills”: attentiveness, persistence, eagerness to learn, the ability to sit still and work independently. As most parents know, girls tend to develop these skills earlier and more naturally than boys.

  11. u14081017 May 4, 2014 at 11:08 pm #

    If you read Christina Hoff Sommers’ The War Against Boys, you’ll blame feminism for feminizing schools; if you read Leonard Sax’s Why Gender Matters or Michael Gurian’s The Minds of Boys, you’ll think it’s the brain differences between boys and girls that educators don’t take into account; if you read Peg Tyre’s The Trouble with Boys, you’ll conclude that classrooms are unfriendly places for boys, and that teachers’ techniques don’t work for them. If you read other experts, they’ll tell you that the “boy crisis” is overblown.

    During my research I found that ADHD, once called hyperkinesia or minimal brain dysfunction, is one of the most common mental disorders among children. It affects 3 to 5 percent of all children, perhaps as many as 2 million American children. Two to three times more boys than girls are affected. ADHD often continues into adolescence and adulthood, and can cause a lifetime of frustrated dreams and emotional pain.People suffering from ADHD can suffer from underachievement at school due to a learning disability,attention lapses caused by petit mal seizures,a middle ear infection that causes an intermittent hearing problem and disruptive or unresponsive behavior due to anxiety or depression emotional pain.I think ADHD is one of the factors causing boys to get lower marks than girls.

    The scholars attributed this “misalignment” to differences in “noncognitive skills”: attentiveness, persistence, eagerness to learn, the ability to sit still and work independently. As most parents know, girls tend to develop these skills earlier and more naturally than boys

  12. Mashele N 14033501 May 4, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

    I have to agree with this study as it is a hidden fact that girls perform better than boys. This might be because in earlier years girls were not encouraged to go to school so only the boys performances were known leaving the girls at a disadvantage. Girls who tend to be more open often have more support and encouragement to improve their grades unlike boys who often do not like taking help and thinking they know everything which disadvantages them when they they get their grades and finding out that it is lower.

  13. M.Q Molepo (14060559) May 4, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

    Although I have been pondering this question of whether girls do generally perform better in school than boys, I do not find it hard to believe at all. Nature is balanced .For one to work, one has to exist (like the food pyramid, the king of the jungle needs the little ants down there in order to live). So since men are naturally stronger in terms of strength and muscle, women more than make up for it in their brain activity (not that men don’t use their brains). I generally like how the idea does not(like many do) suggest that women are smarter than men because it is very difficult to deduct what is to be considered smart or not. Girls can be better than boys in grades but I think we can all agree that it is likewise for boys when it comes to sporting activities. So to rephrase u10019449’s (who I suspect is female) opening statement, “Girl power in books” but let’s go to sports then definitely “Man power”!

  14. M Manyatsi (14007691) May 4, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    From previous experiences in school I observed that although there is usually a higher number of females that get high grades, the students with the highest grades are usually male and as such, I believe the article is mostly on point. The part about males caring more about performance is relatively accurate because it is a norm for males, this coming from a male, to focus on getting a higher grade rather than getting a better understanding which is why girls get higher overall grades in the long run. I don’t necessarily believe intellect is dependent on gender though, it is a ll a matter of your genetic make up.

  15. 14119332 May 4, 2014 at 11:58 am #

    I do not think gender has any real implications for education and school work. I also don’t believe that boys are less intellectual than girls. I believe that as much as girls have the abilities to get higher grades,boys have that too. at the end of the day it all comes down to hard work, investing your time, investing your mind,staying focused and believing in your abilities. Whether or not you are a boy or a girl, you can get good and as a matter of fact higher grades. So before we come to the conclusion of which gender is smarter, I suggest we do some more research

  16. 14019036 May 4, 2014 at 9:42 am #

    This may sound a bit like feminism, but I totally agree with the article. Throughout the history of the human race us woman tend to be smarter than men. We may not always be the top engineers or doctors or even scientists, but that is because we know that sometimes you have to step back and allow others ( mostly the men in our lives) to be successful. And if you think about it some of the biggest scientific breakthroughs have been made by woman and the credit was given to men, for example the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure was first discovered by Rosalind Franklin ( a woman) and Watson and Crick got the credit for it. So the evidence in this article comes as no surprise to any of us.

  17. Nolwazi Mabuza May 4, 2014 at 9:00 am #

    Through my experience in attending a Co-Ed school I have noticed that the male gender tends to indulge in more fun adventures than doing their homework or studying. The main reason why this is the case is because most males are engineered to be more active and being team players. It is widely known that most males enjoy being outdoors and going crazy about sports. If this is the case, when do boys have the time to really focus on their education? Growing I have noticed females tend to focus on their future even when they are young and playing with dolls, whereas males are more imaginative and rather enjoy cartoons and things that seem out of the norm. Basically the male gender does not appreciate being confined in a small box. Males are practical individuals who like to touch and see things rather than learning it out of a book, whereas females know where they are heading from a rather small age. They are aware of sexism in the workplace, so females tend to want to prove they are worthy and are capable of doing their job by working harder than males and receiving higher grades. So maybe boys should be less about ‘Rugby’ and “Superman” and more about ‘BOOKS’.

  18. 14032113 May 4, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    Factors influencing academic performance between boys and girls are vast and many are not totally understood. An interesting comment about the different maturation rate could contribute to girls out competing boys as girls apparently mature faster then boys. Additional genetic material found on the second X chromosomes in girl may contain information that leads to greater understanding due to better neuron formation which could also contribute to these differences as boys have a Y chromosome which has less genetic material. However, this is just a speculation and much more research in the nature of genetic material is required before we can make any definite hypothesis as to why girls perform better then boys. Social circumstances also may play a role as girls are ,generally according to age-old standards, at home more then outside thus allowing for greater study times and focus of course due to an increase in gender equality women are allowed more freedom now then ever before so we may see an equalization between how the two genders perform

  19. Mancoba(14285640) May 4, 2014 at 8:08 am #

    what an interesting topic indeed, I strongly agree that girls do much better than us boys.Girls plan in advance for academics, they have timetable for self-study, they don’t bunk classes.More over girls mature earlier than us, thus they grasp things so simple.Nowadays if you can even look matric results, girls are the ones getting more distinctions in Maths and Sciences.

  20. Cleopatra Ntshinga (14075424) May 4, 2014 at 7:16 am #

    From the results of this post and my experience one can deduce that we different as people, and although boys have been known for doing less homework than girls, girls mature faster than boys and are able to adapt and maintain their academic progress due to the fact that they are fully equipped and have social skills which enable them to get higher grades than boy. While on the other hand boys excel in areas that interests them the most, sports for instance. The notion that boys do better than girls in maths and science remains a stereotype.With that being said I do not believe that a person ‘s gender determines one’s intelligence, I believe that hard work and dedication enable you to obtain high grades, and anyone despite their gender is capable and what actually matters at the end of the day is the EFFORT you put in.

  21. 14029032 May 4, 2014 at 5:55 am #

    The heading of this article really gives the wrong impression. It could be true that girls make higher grades at school, but it definitely doesn’t mean that girls are more intelligent than boys. Boys have never had to prove themselves and were quite content with doing well, maybe not excelling, but girls, on the other hand, have something to prove. They want to show they are equal to men, are just as competent and just as intelligent, which they can be, so, they work very hard! Traditionally, women were the workers, cleaning, cooking, looking after children, while men sat around, drinking beer and talking about problems and how to solve them. Thus, men have become lazy and are not as hard-working, don’t study for hours and are not bothered about achieving the highest marks. They also do more sports than girls and have less time for studying.
    Intelligence is not only measured by school grades, you can be average and study very hard at school and you could still do very well, it’s the hard worker that is usually successful! While women are becoming key players in many organisations it’s still the men that dominate the business world, because intelligence is a package.

  22. Taponeswa Tasiya (u14078504) May 4, 2014 at 2:55 am #

    This is a debatable statement. Are girls really more intelligent than boys? I would like to point out that grades do not necessarily indicate or point towards any kind of ‘super intelligence’ as many of the comments are steering towards intelligence. Firstly,what is intelligence.it can be divided into 9 domains , to name a few, Naturalistic,musical,logical,existential,interpersonal and linguistic intelligence. there are too many types of it for us to say men or boys are more intelligent than females on the basis of school grades. With regards to the article i feel that it may be true that girls receive more attention from their parents because of the stereotype that boys will preform better.In addition to this in some cultures they may simply preform better because they are expected not to.Furthermore, a large number of the comments say that girls have a better work ethic.Do they really? Or is it that more girls have found which study technique works best for them.Or that schools cater to a specific type of learner and ignore either Visual, Auditory or Kinesthetic teaching methods .I would also like to point out that they looked at the grades of about 1 million boys and girls in a population of over 6 billion people. Also, who do these boys look up to? Perhaps the actors and musicians of today are subconsciously teaching them to be more reckless and care less for school.
    i feel that we are overlooking the bigger picture here, something bigger than maturity or simple intelligence.

  23. Tshiamo 14143039 May 4, 2014 at 2:31 am #

    According to experts girls have 20% more neuron the Broncos area in the brain than boys this part of the brain is responsible for where language is produced that is why girls have the language advantage.Girls also have better communications skills they speak at least 2-3 more words than boys which improves their vocabulary and that makes them good at business and marketing skills.Girls do speak earlier than males in general because their left hemisphere which is the center of speech. That is why girls are better at language and business skills.

  24. Damian(u140147378) May 4, 2014 at 1:59 am #

    Wow. This has turned into a sexist love affair. Truth id, girls do better than boys over the course of primary and secondary education. As a male, I can understand that. Most of a boy’s high school career is spent trying to get girls and look good in front of your mates. Also, boys ted to care less about their marks in high school as they don’t see it as important. When you get an outlying male however, one who actually does care about his marks, he tends to easily outperform the girls. This is actually due to evolution which, I’m sorry ladies, is actually sexist. Natural selection has produced males who are better suited to do tasks that include problem solving. It’s how the male brain has evolved. The female brain on the other hand has evolved to be more caring, sympathetic and understanding, which are all traits of a good mother. While this article proves that during school, females outperform males, right in the beginning, it states that when tested for aptitude, males outperform the females, especially in math and science. It has also been proven that males do better than females when it comes to tertiary education, and that, on average, more males qualify with honours, masters and doctorates than females. Also, on the topic of males discovering more than female, I present to the world Marie Curie, who’s research changed the medical world forever. Honestly, everyone can do well, no matter if they’re male or female. We have evolved in different ways, meaning that males are better suited for some tasks while females are better suited for others. Nature is sexist people. It’s a part of life.

  25. 14134081 May 3, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    This insert is very interesting, its presence the responses that it has triggered have therefore shed some light for me regarding this matter. Research is obviously to a certain extent. Girls do seem to have better studying methods and organisation skills, and many boys, well, don’t have any of that.

    And with that said, i have to disagree with Pieter (u14028949). The greatest inventions/discoveries were were only discovered by men because they were the only ones who had a chance, bear in mind that woman only started getting academically recognised not so long ago.

  26. 14368928 May 3, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    I do agree that girls are most likely to achieve higher grades than boys. Girls are more focused, well organized and less competitive individuals. I’ve often found that most girls come to class well prepared for the lesson, while boys will scramble for answers last minute. Boys are also easy peer pressured, this can be a great distraction towards their academics. Among the suggested explanations for this disparity is the tendency for girls to mature earlier than boys therefore much easier to grasps contents.

  27. 14013623 May 3, 2014 at 10:56 am #

    In my opinion, girls do better in school because of their study methods. According to scientists, there is one distinct difference between girls and boys. This is the presence of a larger corpus callosum in girls, allowing for increased communication between the brain’s hemispheres. This means that a girls memory, listening skills and tone interpretation is far better than a boys.

    Boys are also more active than girls, as researches have shown that a boy’s brain subconsciously defend against learning, which affects the ability to multitask and transition between activities. This means that it makes them more physically impulsive and less likely to be able to sit still in a classroom or in front of a desk to study.

    Another variable in the study method is the type of subject. Boys are more likely to achieve better grades in physical subjects like mathematics, science and technology, whilst girls achieve higher grades in languages and business related subjects.

  28. RagadzaRL(14145449) May 3, 2014 at 9:49 am #

    I can agree with the topic, from where i come from there was always more girls than guys in A class and in top 10 of my previous high school there was only two boys and the rest were girls.It is not because boys were always good from the beginning, it is just that girls were not allowed to show what they can do best as they were taken as housewives.Men were always above females as they were taken as the head of the family.Because now we are all equal and allowed to do same things,girls are just proving that they are capable of doing any subjects even better than boys.

  29. user 14032776 May 3, 2014 at 8:19 am #

    Taking into account the previous statements made ,I agree. I would however like to add that I am a great believer in equality among gender so what I have to say should in no way effect any one of the two. Male’s tend to concentrate on their sporting activities at a young age .There are certainly those that don’t but if one would consider a sports field at break time, the female to male ratio of students taking part in a sweaty sports game would paint the appropriate picture. Female’s don’t fall short of sporting abilities but the majority of girls in their early teens tend to converse with each other rather than play soccer or rugby. The competition between these girls could also be a reason for the statistics. But so it could, very well also be the case between the boys as previously stated. The fact remains that when looking at statistics one doesn’t concentrate on the exception but rather on the data as a whole and interpreting a general understanding of it. So the statistics don’t lie, but it is certainly debatable what the reasons are for them. The lack of concentration in boys at an early age due to the fact that they generally don’t find academics as appealing as sports could be said to be one, another could be the competition between individuals when put in certain situations and the last I would like to add and I hope could find more clarity on is the rumor that males are two years behind females in development at an early stage and then catch up later on. The latter I am very interested in ,if anybody could help clear that statement for me, I would be most grateful.

  30. Olonathando Jokwana (u14156050) May 3, 2014 at 6:26 am #

    Being from a co-ed high school, I always assumed that the reason more girls received academic awards than boys was because the number of girls at the high school was far greater than that of boys (which it really was). This study has made me realise otherwise. Although I’m a firm believer that ALL individuals are different, I feel like there are a number of reasons for why these results were obtained.

    These results include the fact that girls mature faster than boys which then causes a vast difference in how both approach their schoolwork, with girls studying more than most boys, always being up to date with their schoolwork and paying more attention in class than boys do. Another factor could be that boys tend to more focused on sports than girls are.

    Despite all of this, I don’t believe that a person’s gender determines their intelligence. It’s all about the individual and how much effort they are willing to put in. A number of environmental and social factors also play a role. That is why there are as many successful men as there are women across different fields.

  31. Moila Makoma (14080959) May 3, 2014 at 5:25 am #

    This is well said, personally agree that girls are more intelligent than boys regardless of maturity. Many girls are organised and this makes it easier for them to access their work than boys.Most of the boys are distracted especially in terms of alcohols and drugs and this affect their thinking capacity. I am not saying that girls are not engaged in this activity but there is a higher percentage of boys than girls. I know that each person’s thinking capacity is different but more recently girls have shown their potential these days even in maths and physics totally agree.

  32. LUNGILE(14128315) May 3, 2014 at 4:10 am #

    Well, I think one of the reasons could be that back then boys were more confident in their capabilities than girls and we know that higher achievement begins in your mind-it starts from believing that you can do it. Boy were more motivated than girls. However,nowadays girls are encouraged daily,they are taught how to have self-esteem, hence they are brave to attack scientific and mathematical problems.
    During the olden days girls were never interested in science-related careers so they probably couldn’t see the importance of mastering maths and science. There are more females in the science fields these days than before,and more girls are encouraged and motivated to go for these fields. This makes them fall in love with maths and science and become more competitive. I think it is the change in the mentalities of females.

  33. Pieter (u14028949) May 3, 2014 at 2:48 am #

    Firstly, there is a problem with the heading of the article. It states that girls perform better than boys in ALL school subjects. It is too broad because it does not specifically state in the article which are the subjects they outperform us (except for maths, science and language). This is then a stereotype on its own.

    Secondly, there are several reasons/explanations why the overall marks of girls is higher than those of boys (in elementary and middle school):

    1) It is a proven scientific fact that girls mature faster than boys in the early stages of life. Thus they will have a higher level of intelligence to do better than boys at a young age. There is a saying which states “Girls are more intelligent than boys, but men are more intelligent than women”. And I completely agree with this. By the time men matures or “catch up” with women, they have a far higher aptitude than woman. This statement could easily be proven when you look at the history of mankind: Most of the greatest achievements/inventions were made by men.

    2) Boys tend to be lazier than girls in the earlier stages of life. Thus girls will spend more time on studying, yielding higher grades. But boys will have a higher ability to pay attention in class, which results in less time needed for studying.

    The statement may thus be true that girls achieve higher grades than boys in elementary or middle school, but at tertiary institutions, men will outperform women because men are in fact more intelligent than women.

  34. 14253284 May 3, 2014 at 1:40 am #

    I don’t agree with this article because this article used just a small size of the population. This research includes a million students in USA and also mentioned other countries, but without specific number of students except USA, research from the other countries can’t be reliable. For example, 51% of girls do better than 49% of guys, it’s still “girls do better than guys”, but there’s not really a big difference between them.

    On the other hand, it is possible because guys love sport more than girls, and also they put more effort in sport than girls. It doesn’t mean that girls are not good at sport or not passionate at sport, but there are more guys love sports and also who want to become a sportman than girls. There are more sports for the men than girls, and there are more men sport team in the popular sports than girl sport team (e.g. Soccer, Rugby, American football, Cricket, Baseball, Basketball, Hockey, etc.)

  35. Priscilla Mukwevho (13375335) May 2, 2014 at 11:56 am #

    An interesting thing said indeed. I without a doubt realized this too, that girls now indeed make higher grades in most subjects than boys.

    Basically I think this because of many reasons, like many boys get more easily distracted, most of them are even more lazy making them not being able to put more effort in all their subjects or when studying like the research has shown that some boys don’t go to an extra mile to study to understand the materials like girls do. Naturally many would agree that girls like it when things are more neat and orderly. They also know how to manage their schedules and stand firm to it and to tell the truth they are good in organizing their work and this gives them mch more advantage to their school things, it makes them be more focused on their work and more determined.

    Despite all of this I still think that both gender still offer different things on the table and they both contribute alot mainly in such a different way.

  36. Priscilla Mukwevho (13375335) May 2, 2014 at 11:49 am #

    An interesting thing said indeed. I without a doubt realized this too,that girls now indeed make higher grades in most subjects than boys.

    Basically I think this because of many reasons, like many boys get more easily distracted, most of them are even more lazy making them not being able to put more effort in all their subjects or when studying like the research has shown that some boys don’t go to an extra mile to study to understand the materials like girls do. Naturally many would agree that girls like it when things are more neat and orderly. They also know how to manage their schedules and stand firm to it and to tell the truth they are good in organizing their work and this gives them mch more advantage to their school things, it makes them be more focused on their work and more determined.

    Despite all of this I still think that both gender still offer different things on the table and they both contribute a lot mainly in such a different way.

  37. 14243467 May 2, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    I find that this article shows a large amount of bias against how males perform and achieve academically, because the tests and experiments that are mentioned in the article exclude too many factors that may also have an effect on the way students perform, and on the other hand, not all factors have also been included.

    For example, there have been many studies to show how sport and physical activity may be more a part of a male’s routine rather than a female’s. Of course it would be stereotyping to say that males are more athletic than females, but not all students, and more importantly, not all people are entirely focused on sport instead of academics.

    Most schools will have students that are focused on sport, those who are focused on academics and the students who excel at both (i.e. they are all-rounders). In this perspective, there will be different results for each specific mindset. In this case, the students who were under pressure from a particular sport, should have been excluded from each school, college or university for the various tests that were executed, because not all students may be participating in the same amount of sport as other students in other schools, let alone other countries.

    Therefore, the title and the conclusion of this article can be made as unfair, because females and males are not only different physically, but each person also has a completely different mindset, work-ethic and daily routine.

  38. Tebatso Mametja(14246962) May 2, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    “Girls are generally smarter than boys” we all have heard it a lot of times making this a very controversial issue. Going through the article its clearly understood that girls are generally smarter than boys well because it has been scientifically proven and we as the youth we believe anything with supported facts. It was quite interesting reafing the article and thenseeing how everyone else thought of the article.

    As a female I know myself that if the article had said otherwise I would have not even for a second have believed it though it was scientifically proven but seeint males actually agree with it was amazing.

    Certain comments caught my eyes JJ du Toit mentioned how determination and hard work can easily disprove this experiment which I agree with. Though as we all know most males are practical and logical thinkers who find it easier to think outside the box can easily do better than females if their mind and heart were in it.
    In my life I have met really smart males in maths and science but just couldn’t put it down on paper. Excuse me if I do seem biased against females but to me, we females, paper wise are intellectually stronger than males but is that what matters most, in the BIG WORLD out there? Our employers are they just going to focus on our intellectual ability or the ability to take the company to the next level which males are good at?

    By far this article has gotten me worked up because like one’s behaviour, physical appearance and intelligence capacity of both males and females are hugely influenced not only by their genome but nurture too

  39. Tebatso Mametja(14246962) May 2, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    “girls are generally smarter than boys” we all have heard it a lot of times making this a very controversial issue. Going through the article its clearly understood that girls are generally smarter than boys well because it has been scientifically proven and we as the youth we believe anything with supported facts. It was quite interesting reading the article and then seeing how everyone else thought of the article.

    As a female I know myself that if the article has said otherwise I would have not even for a second have believed it though it was scientifically proven but seeing males actually agree with it was totally amazing.

    Certain comments quite my eyes JJ du Toit mentioned how determination and hard work can easily disprove this experiment which I agree with. Though as we all know most males are practical and logical thinkers who find it easier to think outside the box can easily do better then females if their mind and hearts were in it.
    In my life I have meant really smart males in maths and science but just couldn’t put it down on paper. Excuse me if I do seem to be biased against females but to me we females paper wise are intellectually stronger than males but is that what matters in the BIG WORLD out there? Our employers are they just going to focus on our intellectual ability or the ability to take the company to the next level which males are good at?

    By far this article has gotten me worked up because like one’s behavior, physical appearance and intelligence capability of females and males are hugely influenced not only by their genotype but nurture too.

  40. A.L. van Graan 14020247 May 2, 2014 at 10:13 am #

    This article is interesting and important in the ever raging gender debate. I believe one reason for this phenomenon is the way genders are treated different.

    Males are encouraged to be more mechanical and hands-on which explain their better achievements in the field of science which has been a male-dominated field in the past and most likely still is. Cultural and social factors also influence the phenomenon largely. Males are also scrutinised and labelled in school for academic performance, but later in life it becomes irrelevant. Females usually don’t experience the same level of scrutinisation. Another factor to include is the performance required for a female to be taken seriously in a male-dominated world.

    It is known that males and females have the same intelligence, so it is important to ask why females have been performing better the last century and how we can remedy this problem.

  41. OS May 2, 2014 at 8:10 am #

    Suprised?

  42. Derrick J. Brak May 2, 2014 at 7:21 am #

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    I find this article quite interesting simply because it is almost an indicator of the gender divide that still exists in today’s culture. I suspect that, since there is obviously no evidence of an intellectual divide between genders, that this discrepancy in marks is a result of various cultural systems and a legacy of an unequal past across the globe.

    Historically, due to the mistaken belief that men were superior, science- and math-related fields were male-dominated. This could have created a culture where men strove to excel in these fields, and women did not. Although those systems became obsolete, such thinking is not as easily changed, which could be why men still seem to achieve better marks in these subjects.
    The article makes some interesting points regarding the motivation of the different genders. I agree that males are more performance-orientated, which may be result of the effect of sport (male sport tends to be taken more seriously, as it is more commercially viable on higher levels) on boys, so that statement makes sense. I also think the sub-culture of apathy in schools needs to be researched in relation to this topic, because from personal observation it seems to me that boys have a culture of ‘cool’, which does not always allow for academic prestige, due to the ‘nerdy’ connotations. I think now that this divide has been established, it is important to identify the cause. Why are girls doing better than boys? Because, as the author states, at this point it is just speculation, and nothing can be done about the issue if we are guessing at the cause.

  43. 14350778 May 2, 2014 at 5:45 am #

    I found this article very interesting and thought provoking. The fact that girls generally outperform their male peers throughout mandatory schooling in most countries, can be attributed to a number of factors including social, cultural and different learning styles between genders. What I find interesting is that this outperformance is not a recent phenomenon but the research indicates that this has been happening for almost a century. What I would like to know is what educators and scientists believe should be done to facilitate the education of male children in order for them to also perform at their best. Should teaching methods be different for different genders? It is also interesting that despite this research which show girls to be outperforming the boys, males still dominate in the workplace. Statistics show that in fortune 500 companies less than 15% of Executive Officer positions are held by women and less than 18% of senior positions are held by women. Why is this? Why is the academic performance achieved by females not translated into equal success in the real world?

  44. J.Naidoo(14012074) May 2, 2014 at 5:42 am #

    There are many factors that influence the way in while students perform. The dispute between male and female is fair because they differ so much. Male and female go through puberty at different ages; therefore females mature faster than males do. Thus they have a sense of responsibility for a younger age and see that their grades are important and therefore work harder to obtain good marks. As shown in the study by APA journal Psychological Bulletin, they discuss how girls only show an advantage over males during junior to middle school. Another reason is that girls are more driven; females aspire to be great and not bow down to male superiority. This makes them work harder. Boys are more physical compared to girls. They learn better through a more hands on approach for example, a boy would much rather learn through experiment than read about it in a text book. This is all a stereotype however, not all males or females fit into this category. Some males might enjoy reading and have no interest in the physical side of it and the opposite for females.

  45. Jenkins u14032776 May 2, 2014 at 4:51 am #

    Taking into account the previous statements made ,I agree. I would however like to add that I am a great believer in equality among gender so what I have to say should in no way effect any one of the two. Male’s tend to concentrate on their sporting activities at a young age .There are certainly those that don’t but if one would consider a sports field at break time, the female to male ratio of students taking part in a sweaty sports game would paint the appropriate picture. Female’s don’t fall short of sporting abilities but the majority of girls in their early teens tend to converse with each other rather than play soccer or rugby. The competition between these girls could also be a reason for the statistics. But so it could, very well also be the case between the boys as previously stated. The fact remains that when looking at statistics one doesn’t concentrate on the exception but rather on the data as a whole and interpreting a general understanding of it. So the statistics don’t lie, but it is certainly debatable what the reasons are for them. The lack of concentration in boys at an early age due to the fact that they generally don’t find academics as appealing as sports could be said to be one, another could be the competition between individuals when put in certain situations and the last I would like to add and I hope could find more clarity on is the rumor that males are two years behind females in development at an early stage and then catch up later on. The latter I am very interested in ,if anybody could help clear that statement for me, I would be most grateful.

  46. Thulani(14301963) May 2, 2014 at 3:26 am #

    this is actually a great article scientifically proven and also the way things are in real life,i how ever do not agree with the fact that girls do better than boys in ”ALL SUBJECTS”.”Although gender differences follow essential stereotypical patterns on achievement tests in which boys score higher on maths and sciences,females have the advantage on school grades regardless of the material,” said lead study author Daniel Voyer, PhD, of this article.He is right that boys do exceptionally well on maths and sciences which do not need writing or presentation skills,those are the things that ensure that girls score higher on languages,everything is well collected.and also,the fact that the difference is seen at high school and colleges,that is because in these institutions they are not looking for the way you present but understanding.

    one could say that being a girl is advantageous in primary schools due to the believe that all boys are no good cheating trouble makers while girls are innocent. this is the reason while girls do well in primary level and then things change in colleges. my teacher use to say that the reason that girls do not perform well high institutions is due to growth,puberty is reached earlier and then fail to concentrate, only a selected few who were genetically born with the intellectual genes are able to stay on top. i agree with this,they also have many duties.look after kids and hence not studying for the achievement tests. so this makes boys achieve more in maths and sciences than girls. so no matter how studies will be done,there is no way to truly check the true findings as these studies were done on selected characteristics and leaving others out but still they make conclusions for everyone. there is still going to be a huge debate on this.the best solution which I believe would be the best way to determine who is better than who in grades is checking their intellectual capabilities,yes hard work is also a factor not to be left out in this,but fairly checking their brains only will explain the difference in these grades.

  47. Alena@14032598 May 2, 2014 at 2:33 am #

    The stereotype that boys perform better than girls in mathematics and science is a subject of speculation that has been argued about for the better part of the last two centuries. There should be no limitation to what you can achieve in any subject,just because of your gender.

    In a male-dominated world,the success women or girls can achieve is underestimated and also not always recognized in careers that are still dominated by men. There is also not a genetic predisposition that males are better at maths or science,which should be taken into account. When looking at a person’s skills in a certain subject,one should look at the individual and not make the gender of that person a reason for determining whether they are able to be successful or not.

    The only thing that should be taken into regard is a person’s hard work,perseverance,determination and achievements. But most certainly not their gender to determine their intelligence.

  48. Liberty.M(14198593) May 2, 2014 at 1:11 am #

    There is no reasonable doubt that boys are good in maths and science than girls but the only problem with boys is that they are lazy when it comes to work which requires more time to be completed like class assignments and research projects Even though girls are poor in science and maths they are able to focus and give attention to their work which makes them good in research and on their classroom work which requires a long time to be completed.Girls are good in larger social context witch requires more time and persistence to be completed. There are many biological and social influences which makes girls perform better than boys academically like the fact that girls are naturally gifted when it comes to assignments which require presentation and its believed that girls can speak better than boys and all this contribute to their better performance.

  49. madileng _u14143446 May 1, 2014 at 11:50 pm #

    It more or less like it’s nature and came be changed whene girls start to perform better in math and science.But are better in math and science which is even proven from the the National institute of health also found that girls are better at memorizing and reciting than boys who tend to be better at arranging blocks to form patterns and solving problems,which is done indirectly in math and science.One’s study methods and time management plays a crucial part in the success of that subject. It depends on if the pupil has a stronger left or right side of the brain.

  50. JJ du Toit (14121728) May 1, 2014 at 11:12 pm #

    This topic has been widely debated. Now that it has been proven, it is advantageous because then norms can finally be set. No one denies that academically there has always been an unofficial competition between boys and girls. Boys tend to think more practically and logically and not focus so much on academic or theoretical areas which would explain why boys tend to do better in Maths and Science, while girls tend to have an affinity for literature and writing.

    I do however believe that circumstances play a role in the performance of students. One of the best motivations to do better in academics is the competitive factor. In own experience we were a strong academic group of boys and were highly competitive. In the end there were 8 boys in the top 10 group. Academic achievement must depend on understanding, not on performance.

    Being male/female does not need to influence how you perform in school, nothing can beat hard work and determination. Parents should encourage children of either sex to excel at school. Effort and persistence should be cultivated in any individual.

  51. batman(14116163) May 1, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    Being a male for all my life, I have found that males are prone to distraction. We easily underplay the severity of the academic task at hand, in order to convince ourselves that we need not do it right away. I, for one, have witnessed this state of mind amongst the majority of males. There are, of course, exceptions to this statement.
    Girls tend to keep to their routines, schedules, and study times. Their self discipline in regard to academic tasks stands on much firmer ground than their male peers’.
    This is because of various reasons, one possibly being the natural tendency for females to be more neat and orderly that males.
    The results of this experiment should however not be confused with the intellectual capabilities of the subjects, as there is absolutely no evidence to suggest that one gender is intellectually superior to the other.
    Girls achieving higher grades than boys is thus a definite reality. Though, intelligence is not to blame, self discipline, determination, and perseverance is.

  52. u14135681 May 1, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    It been proven through scientific findings that in comparison to boys, girls brain’s are larger but it can’t be concluded that girls are smarter than boys. Through the course of the history the greatest minds that have made inventions that have propelled men kind miles into the future are men. The likes of Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Chris Barnard etc. Neither can it be concluded that boys are smarter than girls. Comparing girls and boys is like comparing apples and oranges because at the end of the day we both contribute equally but in different ways.

  53. J. Naidoo (14012074) May 1, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    There are many factors that influence the way in while students perform. The dispute between male and female is fair because they differ so much. Male and female go through puberty at different ages, therefore females mature faster than males do. Thus they have a sense of responsibility for a younger age and see that their grades are important and therefore work harder to obtain good marks. As shown in the study by APA journal Psychological Bulletin, they discuss how girls only show an advantage over males during junior to middle school. Another reason is that girls are more driven, females aspire to be great and not bow down to male superiority. This makes them work harder. Boys are more physical compared to to girls. they learn better through a more hands on approach for example, a boy would much rather learn through experiment than read about it in a text book. This is all a stereotype however, not all males nor females fit into this category. some males might enjoy reading and have no interest in the physical side of it and the opposite for females.

  54. 14192561 May 1, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    An important factor that is not been mentioned often is the factor of sports in children of the age 6-18. Boys are normally 20%-40% more when it comes to participating in sports at this age. As a sportsman who has spend hours training, I understand how sports can influence a persons academics. Sports can distract a child from academics as they focus on competition and not school work. Sports consume time as well as the factor of being tired and not wanting to do academic work. Due to the higher number of boys participating in sports girls has the advantage when it comes to school work.

  55. 13314328 Ntombizodwa christina May 1, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    It’s a girl’s, things it’s really great when now it’s scientifically proven. It had just answered one of the oldest questions it was an on-going question on why boys usually finish their academic programs later compared to girls. in many cases it was that boys get high grades in science and maths but would still be that they are 2 years older or more. In high school boys would usually say that teachers tend to give girls higher marks than them because they behave better and participate more than them. Until now that it’s proven that wasn’t teachers favoring girls than boys, but that really girls do get higher grades compared to boys.

  56. Juniet Kgaphola-13043732 May 1, 2014 at 10:05 am #

    I totally agree with Liberty.M about the issue of social and cultural factors in such a way that girls feel threatened when there are many leaders who are males and they just want to give it their all. They also impact boy’s behavior which lead to boys thinking that they have everything under control and that they are intelligent compared to girls hence girls ending up getting higher grades than boys.

  57. L.Hart(u14051517) May 1, 2014 at 9:24 am #

    The issue under discussion is not a new topic, and therefore it is not a surprise that the boys are seen as better in science and maths, than girls. The National Institute of Health also found that girls are better at memorizing and reciting than boys who tend to be better at arranging blocks to form patterns. Due to their sensitive nature, girls are drawn to poetry and literature and because it is seen as feminine, boys tend to steer clear of these subjects.
    It is common sense that people excel in areas of interest to them, and therefore boys will excel in science and maths. However this does not mean that it is impossible for girls to achieve great success in these subjects. Hard work and determination allows you to reach any goal.
    You are not limited to certain areas of expertise due to you gender. You are capable of anything you set your mind to.

  58. Liberty.M(14198593) May 1, 2014 at 8:35 am #

    I do believe that boys are good in science and maths compared to girls even though when it comes to the overall school marks girls turn to have higher marks than boys. The cause of this can be quiet difficult to figure out but it all come from the fact that girls are more dedicated on their school work than boys. For boys besides being scientifically and mathematically gifted they turn to loose interest toward their books and by so doing girls turn to take advantage and obtain higher marks than boys. There are also social and cultural factors which contribute on this issue like it is assumed that boys perform better academically than girls and this will give pressure to girls to study hard since they think that they are not as intelligent as boys and it will also lead boys to an extant of ignoring their books since they feel like they are intelligent and they know everything yet they actually know nothing and this will finally lead to poor performance.

  59. U04463936 May 1, 2014 at 5:50 am #

    This is an interesting article which highlights some important misconceptions about gender issues. While the analysis of performance on gender lines may seem warranted to counter chauvinist tendencies, the results of the analysis could be open to misrepresentation. For example, as others on this blog have argued, it is effort rather than gender that determines performance. If this thesis is accepted, then performance will be determined by output rather than gender. That girls have outperformed boys in science and maths throughout history does not imply that girls are superior. One has to guard against creating new misconceptions which could undermine our quest for a just society in which all individuals are treated equally.

  60. Johlene Reinecke(u14020582) May 1, 2014 at 4:24 am #

    Boys and girls are different in many ways. The way the live, eat, exercise and the way they decide to study or not to. As said in this article, the standardized tests are only based on a short period of time with no social influences. That be said, I think in the real world girls are just more focused on learning and working hard than boys are. Boys would much rather play sports or goof around than to sit behind a desk and work. At an older age, though, boys do awaken and also start working harder, which then enables them to achieve the same marks as girls.

  61. Leeche Storm (14006333) May 1, 2014 at 4:09 am #

    In my personal opinion, gender does not effect the grade outcome for a pupil. It is all dependant on his/her study methods, time management and other factors excluding their gender. I have personally experienced that, in our class of 2013 there we’re an equal amount of boys and girls gaining distinctions in science, math and languages. The fact that a pupil excelling in a certain subject is not subjected to gender, but what how much that pupil enjoys it. Guys do like languages and girls also like science or math. One’s study methods and time management plays a crucial part in the success of that subject. It depends on if the pupil has a stronger left or right side of the brain. Students with stronger left brains is likely more subjected to excelling in visual or creative subjects such as art and languages. On the other hand students with a stronger right brain enjoys science and math more. So to conclude, it is not gender that determines the grade outcome, but the study methods, time management and which side of the brain is dominant.

  62. Advaitaa Haripershad (14227496) May 1, 2014 at 2:51 am #

    As a student of a co-ed school, my personal experience has led me to infer that gender is not a deciding factor of grades. Hard work, determination and motivation are the key elements of academic excellence. It has been scientifically proven that females emotionally mature at an early age to males which can be the core reason that they are diligent, responsible and focused on their work from an early age compared to males. Also the common stereotype is that because all girls have neat handwriting and have concise notes, they understand it better. This may be true for some, but as a female, I believe that it is the perseverance to excel and also being aware of the fact that achievement is not handed on a silver platter. The other stereotype of males excelling at Maths and science because they can visualize and grasp concepts better and that females are better at understanding subjects such as literature and history. I disregard this view as I have found that my stronger subjects were Maths and sciences. It is probably the view that literature is not related to masculinity so therefore many men choose not to focus on it, relating to social norms. Gender is not a platform to determine intelligence, it is an individual who is responsible for their own achievement. My experience at high school has led me to understand that there are no gender wars but just a competition between individuals regardless of their sex.

  63. Maritza (u14055971) May 1, 2014 at 1:28 am #

    Not all girls get better grades than all boys. Some boys preform better than girls in all subjects, I know this from personal experience. I agree that learning styles and study methods play a big roll in academic grades. Most boys like playing sports and games more than studding, while other like playing sports but still study hard. In my opinion boys like doing one thing really well while girls prevere do to a lot of things good. I also believe emotional maturity plays a roll. I would like to know if the corpus callosum plays a roll in the difference between girls and boys grades?

  64. u14105439 May 1, 2014 at 1:25 am #

    As scientifically proven, girls do perform better than boys academically. Girls work much harder and boys, are more diligent and are more persistent. It is much easier for a girl to put effort into her studies and to try and puzzle out work she does not understand. Whereas boys, give up easily and has little perseverance. As proven, boys do better in Maths, because they are practical and it is more fun than having to be creative and write a poetry essay for English.

    Secondly, girls have a higher concentration span than boys. This might also be why girls perform better than boys do. It is much easier for a girl to sit and listen intensely to a teacher for about forty minutes than it is for a boy. Girls will listen to very word the teacher says without being distracted quickly. Boys on the other hand, are distracted much easier. This might be another reason why girls perform better in some subjects than boys..

  65. Maritza (u14055971) May 1, 2014 at 1:11 am #

    Not all girls get better grades than all boys. Some boys preform better than girls in all subjects, I know this from personal experience. I think learning styles and study methods does play a big roll in academic grades. Most boys like playing sports and games more than studding while other like playing sports but still study hard. In my opinion boys like doing one thing really good and girls prevere to do a lot of things good. I also believe emotional maturity plays a roll. I would like to know if the corpus callosum plays a roll in the difference between girls and boys grades?

  66. 14032181 May 1, 2014 at 12:50 am #

    Women do not have good grades because of their gender. Intelligence, hardwork and good grades is not influenced by gender but rather by the individual and the enviroment the individual comes from, social, cultural and historial background. In the past women have been mistreated and not taken seriously. Women did not have the opportunities they have today, opportunities such as a chance to get better grades than expected, a chance to a higher education and a chance to independence, making these opportunitues more valuable to women. So women today are more driven to achieve more then whats expected of them.

  67. Makaziwe April 30, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    In my opinion i strongly believe that anyone (despite being female or male for that matter) can achieve anything and everything when they put their mind onto it.The measure you give is the measure get.if you work hard and put in the time and effort then you are more likely to get good grades.The stereotype between boys and girls is far too overexagerated.

  68. Britney.S 14089328 April 30, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    This article actually confirms a hunch I’ve had for sometime now. I agree that girls generally do achieve higher marks than boys with regard to ‘study subjects’ like History for example. Whereas boys have one up on us in subjects like math or science. In my opinion it is because boys are hard-wired to applying their understanding rather than being able to translate information verbatim,which girls noticeably are better at. This also explains why in university there is a trend that boys perform better academically than girls on account of the fact that the application of the work studied is key to doing well. Girls are more focused and disciplined which is why we generally do better academically than boys, who tend to be scatterbrained and less disciplined. I think this stems from cavemen days,where men as hunters were forced to apply themselves differently everyday to catch prey as the circumstances of killing and being able to take it home where different everyday. For example the type of animal,weather circumstances whether the animal lived alone or in groups,hunting terrain and so on. Whereas women cooked the same meat in the same way,maintained shelter the same way and gathered from the same kind of bushes or trees.

  69. Neo 14003016 April 30, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    I personally do not believe any gender is more intellectually gifted than the other. Each individual, male or female, is gifted in their own special way.

    Learning styles vary from individual to individual. Girls are perceived to being the more well advantaged sex between the two, because they mature faster than boys and this gives them an edge in developing their cognitive processes quicker than boys. Although this is true, it does not suffice for the mere fact that generally, men have been proven to being smarter than women. If women did have the upper hand, intellectually, women would be more successful in the academic fields today.

    Generally, girls mature faster than boys, but intellectual capabilities cannot be based solely on the mere fact that girls mature at a faster rate. We are all different, male or female, both in physical stature and in intellectual advances.

  70. Cameron Docherty (14020549) April 30, 2014 at 11:23 am #

    Coming from a co-ed high school and being a male in university, I agree that girls do generally work harder than males do when it comes to their studies. I have found myself on numerous occasions asking one of my female classmates for help on one of my subjects, because I’ve found that ladies generally take better notes and understand concepts faster than most males do. With regards to males doing better in grades overall, I tend to disagree. In my experience there has been a pretty even spread of males and females who achieve high grades. I do agree that women tend to do better in the continuous assessment that takes place in schools as well as some tertiary courses and I believe this is generally due to a difference in maturity levels between the different sexes. It is a known fact that women mature emotionally a lot faster than males do. This could cause women to be more responsible about their studies than most males are, which causes them to learn more on a continuous basis rather than cramming before a test which I have on many occasions done. Males tend to work their hardest when they know that they have to.
    With regards to the stereotype about males doing better in science and maths, I have found that males tend to enjoy these subjects a lot more than most females do which can account for their better performance and the opposite can also apply for languages. As a recent high school student I know for a fact that the majority of males find poetry and romantic literature to be feminine and feel disinterested or uncomfortable studying it. This is a good example of a social influence but I also believe this difference is due to the maturity gap that exists between males and females at schooling levels.
    In our society today more and more women are becoming successful in many different careers that have typically been associated as being male careers such as scientists. This I believe is evidence that the hard work that they put into their studies as children pays off later on in their lives and that males could learn a thing or two from the way in which women approach their studies.

  71. Lebohang(13381042) April 30, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    It has been thought that boys perform better than girls in Maths and science tests, merely because in the olden days, people thought girls should be taught house work instead of going to school and only boys are allowed to attend school. But now girls are encouraged to study and learn to be independent,, they get all support from parents to work hard and achieve good grades in school. So that is why girls do better in tests than boys…

  72. Leah u14014689 April 30, 2014 at 8:15 am #

    It is true , boys are generally thought to do better than girls in math and science , but girls work harder than boys therefore naturally girls get higher grades . Ability to do math and science is usually related to the iron content in one’s body . As girls start their periods , they tend to drop in their performance in maths . With time and increased iron intake they do improve as naturally they are more hard working than guys.

  73. JT Hartin(14069131) April 30, 2014 at 7:21 am #

    Being a female student at a university and going to an all girl high school, I can agree that girls do work harder in order to get their grades but boys do get the higher grades in most cases without putting as much effort in.

    Girls tend to work and put a lot of pressure and effort into their work and understanding it which leads to them stressing for their big tests and exams. Boys don’t stress and worry as much which results them being more calm during the exam or test. However, girls hard work and determination today pays off as there are many women scientists in highly ranked positions.

    In today’s society, women refuse to follow the stereotype of being the stay at home mom, so they have been placed into the role if the ‘independent woman’ and this results in more and more women wanting to achieve more and be successful. The only way to reach those goals is to work hard and to be continuous with it

  74. 14120829 April 30, 2014 at 6:36 am #

    The mental capacity of each individual is different and cannot merely be determined by gender. This can be seen throughout history which includes legends of both genders. The reason why girls perform better than boys at school level mostly is because they are generally more hardworking and motivated to achieve good careers for which they need to study harder, hence they produce better result. Boys on the other hand are considered to be more practical and nonchalant when it comes to studying, therefore they do not achieve as good results as girls. From this it can be concluded that there are many other factors such as, social, cultural and even behavioral habits which influence an individual’s performance and not the gender.

  75. 14077583 April 30, 2014 at 5:56 am #

    I agree that boys do tend to do better at maths and science at school – this was clearly evident at our brother high school last year. I also noticed that we tended to do better than the boys in the languages. However, I don’t fully agree with the article saying that maybe parents assume that boys are better at maths and science so they encourage their girls to work harder. What I noticed was that both girls and boys parents encouraged their children to work harder, regardless of how high or low their marks were. Maybe it also has something to do with the school? I noticed that most of the boys last year were well disciplined and rather hard-working, just as we were. In fact, the two schools were constantly competing with one-another.

  76. 14026695 April 30, 2014 at 5:20 am #

    Girls do perform better than boys academically.
    There are many reasons about why girls perform better than boys.

    Girls’ attitudes towards education, work and marriage have changed drastically over the past years. Unlike the 70’s girls whose main priorities were marriage, children and house chores, the girls in the 21st century focus more on education, career opportunities, employment and amibitions. Due to the changes in the involvement of girls in the society and the increase of women’s roles at workplace, girls are now more confident, ambitious and assertive.

    Girls are very interested in getting good careers and they realise they need to do well at school to achieve this. Girls are more likely to put more effort into her studies, while the boys lack of perseverance.

    Learning is a relatively passive activity where the tools to practice are a book and a quiet space in which to read it. Girls have a higher concentration span, which makes it easier for them to sit, listen and focus. While the girls like to sit and chat, boys are more likely to be involved in sports and outdoor activities. Young boys tend to go out more and look for more adventurous and mischievous activies, which make them to focus less in classes.

  77. Nelisiwe (NB)Mthimunye April 30, 2014 at 5:08 am #

    This article has brought an insight in a matter that is not usually discussed,it could be true that boys were considered excelling in math and in science in earlier stages but times have changed now and there are a lot of women in science nowadays,some are even in higher positions than men because girls are more devoted in their work than boys are,women focus on understanding what they do rather than doing the work for the sake of getting it done.We held many debates about this issue in my primary years i am glad there is scientific support concerning this matter.

  78. u14042658 April 30, 2014 at 4:47 am #

    I strongly believe we all have equivalent mental capacities. It is unfair and absurd to conclude that girls are smarter than guys as if Einstein himself was a woman. Men are critical thinkers and think better on their feet. Yes, in most cases women are good in long-term planning, organizing themselves and prioritizing but often men can get away with doing things haphazardly and still get away with exceptional results. Therefore, I conclude by saying that we are proportionate. Intelligence level is not determined by an individuals sex.

  79. u14044392 April 30, 2014 at 4:31 am #

    The reason we get inventors, astronauts and scientists that are men, is because women were oppressed before the 1800’s, so women didn’t get the opportunity to prove themselves to society as intelligent, but it didn’t take them much time to get to the level that men were placed and higher if I may say. Rosalind Franklin’s theory on DNA being a double helix structure was rejected by men because of the mere fact that she was female and it was only accepted in the middle of the 20th century. Women now take the highest positions in the corporate world, imagine how it would have been if they had the same opportunities from the beginning. They would be taking over the world.

  80. 13164270 April 30, 2014 at 4:17 am #

    lets be frank girls are smarter than guys when it comes to long term commitments. it has been said behind a smart man is an even smarter woman, this is because woman groom men to be intelligent beings that they claim to be today. go to a man and you will here him say because of my ‘mom’ ‘gran’ ‘aunt’ because the intelligence comes from a more knowledgeable and witty foundation which is the woman.

  81. 14170184 April 30, 2014 at 3:56 am #

    This is a “VERY” controversial global generalisation. in my opinion, we ALL have equivalent mental capacity. Saying girls are smarter than girls is like comparing apples to oranges, men and women think differently. In some areas women are capable of more and in some areas men are… On the whole, I would say they are equal.Its just about time the world got rid of this “stereotype”

  82. Robertha (14007445) April 30, 2014 at 3:09 am #

    In general girls are just more goal driven and don’t take as much risk as boys. eg if there is a big test ahead boys are more likely to play around or only make time for studying a day or two before the time whereas girls would have such a huge fear of failure, they would study like hell. In classes I have also noticed that the girls pay so much more attention then the guys sometimes. As for the society we live in today, we as girls don’t want to relay on others (men) to take care of us one day, we want to pay for our own Mercedes, so of-cause girls will work hard to achieve what they want in life one day. This isn’t the 19th century anymore, girls don’t stand in kitchens and take care of babies till they die one day. 

  83. Jeandré du Randt - 14077486 April 30, 2014 at 2:55 am #

    There is a wonderful study “My beautiful brain” that explains the difference between boys and girls, regarding working ability and intelligence. When one looks at a mental sport like chess it is apparent that boys out perform girls in chess. My opinion is that girls apply more emotional weight to their academics than boys do.

  84. u14105439 April 30, 2014 at 2:28 am #

    As scientifically proven, girls do perform better than boys academically. Girls work much harder and boys, are more diligent and are more persistent. It is much easier for a girl to put effort into her studies and to try and puzzle out work she does not understand. Whereas boys, give up easily and has little perseverance. As proven, boys do better in Maths, because they are practical and it is more fun than having to be creative and write a poetry essay for English.

    Secondly, girls have a higher concentration span than boys. This might also be why girls perform better than boys do. It is much easier for a girl to sit and listen intensely to a teacher for about forty minutes than it is for a boy. Girls will listen to very word the teacher says without being distracted quickly. Boys on the other hand, are distracted much easier. This might be another reason why girls perform better in some subjects than boys.

  85. 14048362 April 30, 2014 at 2:00 am #

    I believe that one of the main reasons why boys do worse than girls is because boys tend to be more playful and are more involved in sports than girls. Boys at a young age, tend to go out more, play outside with friends and do more adventurous things, which in turn makes them less interested and concentrated in school work. They also spend more time in sports and don’t give schoolwork the required attention it also needs.

    I recently read a scientific report that stated that fast-paced action games help the brain solve things faster and understand things more effectively. This could be a reason why boys do better in science and maths because many boys like to play these fast-paced action games. It helps them to solve things mathematically.

  86. u14018901 April 30, 2014 at 1:21 am #

    Girls are naturally persistent and hardworking. They take the time out to nurture and understand certain things thus it reflects in the academics. Boys on the other hand loves the more fun and practical side of life thus it reflects in how well they do in subjects such as maths and physics. They always do things in a rush and they hardly take out to understand certain things thus this reflects in their academics. Girls do better than boys in general academically and we finally have scientific facts to prove it and back it up.

  87. Joane 14027993 April 30, 2014 at 1:10 am #

    Girls do better in academics because they are a lot more committed than boys are. They have different priorities than boys have. Girls are definitely more competitive than boys and are always challenging one another. Because of the competitive they push each other to work harder and they automatically achieve higher marks. Boys is more competitive in sport and not all of them care about academic. There is an assumption that boys who spent to many hours infront of their books are nerds.

  88. Stephane(u14086795) April 30, 2014 at 1:06 am #

    The idea of social and cultural factors influencing whether or not girls achieve higher marks than boys seems to be quite relevant however i do not agree with it only being due to parent’s influence as the author suggests. It seems more likely to stem from the past exclusion of females in regard to education. In some countries it could be directly related as they have only recently been allowed to attend schools whereas in other countries they feel stigma to some extent as the article suggests, and work harder as a result.

  89. u14048192 April 30, 2014 at 12:51 am #

    Girls tend to perform better academically, but it goes towards the saying, “proof is in the podding”. Girls work a lot harder, concentrate more in class and put in more learning hours than boys, where boys “goof” around in class thus concentrating less and learning half as hard as the girls. Work supposedly comes more natural to boys and the feel that is enough to pass, whereas as the workload increases that “natural talent” isn’t enough anymore and this is where the girls come in as the put in the time to achieve the marks they need, achieving better grades than boys. I feel boys are easily distracted to when it comes to time where they need to crack the whip and put the time is – the smallest things distract boys.

  90. u10019449 April 30, 2014 at 12:13 am #

    Girl power!
    Thank you for this insightful information. It encourages me as a female to try even harder in my studies. I think that is what makes us women achieve higher, not only in school work but also in other areas of life. It is expected for males to do well, so we try even harder to be seen on their level.

    I personally feel that in order to be seen as equal to males, I must show that I am capable of performing the same, or higher than my male counterparts.
    Women are talkers, we like to find things out by asking many questions which helps us understand things whereas males might just accept that “this is that” and “that is this”.
    It is working in our favour.

    Times have changed, we don’t have be housewives, we can be the bread winners.
    We are given the opportunity to make something of our lives and we are aware of it, now more than ever.

  91. Bhaga(14053706) April 29, 2014 at 11:42 pm #

    This article is very enlightening and it is exciting to see that science can be used to prove what has been and in many places still is doubted , that girls are in actuality academically stronger than boys . Could the reason for this “phenomena” not being recognized, be societies bias against girls and females in general over the years all over the world . The basic idea that girls belong at home , in the passed it is known that girl children were not allowed to finish school in some cultures , and were not allowed to work or follow a career. The reasoning behind girls being better academically makes logical sense , in saying that it is because girls are more logically and tidy and so forth. Coming from a girl school I agree with this statement , I remember going to school and classes being very calm and behaved when work needed to be done – for the most part. As compared to hearing what our brother schools days were like. I’ll definitely be showing this to a few people who are always arguing with me on the topic .

  92. Andrea-u14018463 April 29, 2014 at 2:10 pm #

    Finally there is scientific proof to justify that girls tend to perform better academically then boys do in schools. I do agree that the generalization that boys are better in maths and science are one of the reasons girls tend to work harder. Girls are encouraged to put in more effort in order to compete with boys.Where boys on the other hand don’t have that kind of motivation which can be very disadvantageous and one of the reasons why girls have been performing better than boys for nearly a century.

  93. Swart.D 14312868 April 29, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    I was in an all boys high school and I remember one of my teachers, who also teaches at an all girls high school, saying she has to prepare more work, for the same class, when she is teaching an all girls class compared to an all boys class because of the discipline and diligent behaviour of the girls compared to the boys. When class starts the girls would walk in, sit down, not say a word, open their books and would be ready to learn. Boys on the other hand would take 5 minutes to get into class, be talking, probably be throwing a rugby ball around, take 5 minutes to sit down and to be ready. These 10 mins add up over the course of the semester and then its cram time for the teacher nearing exams and boys will have to self study to properly understand the work. Could this be a contributing factor? or how about, in general, girls are more neat and organized then boys when it comes to summarizing work, leading to better understanding in work and better all round marks.

  94. Nonhle Xulu (14186986) April 29, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

    I for one always had the idea that boys perform better than girls in maths and physics, and girls dominate in other subjects, but after reading this blog as well as an article by Maggie Fox on NBCNews.com -titled “Girls Do Better Than Boys in School at All Ages and Subjects, Study Finds”- I find myself a bit on the fence with that thought. In this blog it is stated that “boys typically score higher on math and science”, whereas in the article by Maggie Fox it is stated that girls perform better than boys “at all ages, in all subjects including math and science and around the world” (said by the American Psychological Association analysis). Therefore that can still be unclear, but a fact which is clear is that girls do perform better than boys in overall subjects and both the article and the blog agree and provide that the reason could be that girls feel the need to understand work and apply knowledge as opposed to how boys want to excel in writing a test. To say that there is concrete scientific proof as to why girls perform better than boys, I think would be inaccurate , because suggestions as to why this might be were provided and in the blog the authors state that it is “speculated” and they also say “possible explanations” meaning it is not factual yet. So we can say that we girls are smarter science proves it, but I feel it’s inaccurate to say science proves why.

    All in all a great post :-) now I can go around telling my brother what I’ve always said and back it up with showing results, It would be nice to state scientific facts as to why though. Is it genetic? Or in the way the female brain was constructed?

  95. Bontle.J 14147280 April 29, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    It is not surprising that girls make higher grades than boys because girls are usually hardworkers and take their work serious. As for boys..they can be usually too lenient on their work and tend to think that they know better and not take much effort on their work thus losing marks or failing.

  96. Juniet Kgaphola-13043732 April 29, 2014 at 11:42 am #

    Same thing happened when I was in high school.Boys were scoring high grades in mathematics and science than girls. And girls were performing better than boys in theory and language and getting higher aggregate grades than boys.It is amazing because my friends and I were having a conversation about something like this and we were wondering why. I am so pleased as now there is scientific proof.

  97. Melissa Repton April 29, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    I have heard a few times before that girls are typically better at studying and achieving higher grades than boys- of course generally speaking and not looking at other environmental factors that would influence that result. It is interesting to see that it has some scientific evidence to back it up.I think this is related to how females and males are “wired”. Perhaps the old “hunter”-men and “gatherer”-women reference? I have also observed at my university that the guys enjoy and are much better at the understanding subjects (mathematics and physics) than the theory and language subjects (English and history), which the girls seem to dominate. Could it be related to the practical and maybe straight forward way of thinking in men and the emotional and “feeling” way of thinking in women? Perhaps women are better at language because they are more in touch with their feelings. And also in school- lets say primary school, boys just want to play sport and practically want to do things whereas girls are more content sitting in a classroom (again, this is in general) and thus girls are then more likely to do better in school.

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