Teaching Boys and Girls

By: Alana Adams
By: Alana Adams

The disparity between girls and boys is showing up primarily in standardized test results across the country, but also in the shift on college campuses that used to be primarily men and is now mostly women.

"I remember the first time I went to college my mother said, 'oh, that will be great. You'll be able to find a man who can get a good job.' Not that I would be the one getting the job or the degree."
Quite a bit has changed since Marsha Urban first went to college.
She did go back years later to complete her bachelor's degree and go on to get her Ph.D.

According to the US department of Education, men are a minority making up about 44-percent of the student body at colleges across the country.

Last Fall, The University of Nevada total student population was 16,336 and 54-percent were female.
11,580 students attend Truckee Meadows Community College, and 55-percent were female.

Joyce Patterson, a counselor at Wooster High School, says she has noticed a shift across the campus with more students considering higher education.
"We as a culture have just said to the girls, there are lots of opportunities out there and the standard stereotype you can only be a certain thing: a nurse, or a teacher or you have to stay home, has changed over the years."

According to the state's data for Wooster High School, boys and girls are actually graduating at about the same rate... but, many are choosing different options after high school and preparing early for jobs or college.
"For some reason this year, I've had more girls come to me. I'm thinking maybe our international baccalaureate program has more women enrolled in it. But, overall, I've seen a change in terms of kids just wanting information about what's out there past high school."

Among the data available for the school district, Reno High School had the highest discrepancy between female and male graduates.
About 85-percent of the boys are graduating from Reno, whereas 91-percent of the females are getting a diploma.


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