Does Your Homeschool Consider How Boys and Girls Learn Best?
Did you know that for nearly a century, girls have consistently received better grades than boys? Earlier this year, the American Psychological Association published an analysis of nearly 100 years of research that spanned more than 30 countries. Their results revealed that girls earn higher grades in all subjects, including STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
This may come as surprise because boys have traditionally performed better on standardized tests.
“Girls succeed over boys in school because they are more apt to plan ahead, set academic goals, and put effort into achieving those goals,” said Gwen Kenney-Benson, a psychology professor, in an article for The Atlantic. “Boys approach schoolwork differently. They are more performance-oriented. Doing well on them is a public demonstration of excellence.”
While this research certainly doesn’t apply to every child, leading homeschooling researcher Brian D. Ray reported similar findings in his 2014 report for the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI).
“Homeschooling gives young people an unusual chance to ask questions such as, ‘Who am I?’ and ‘What do I really want?,’ and through the process of such asking and gradually answering the questions, home-educated girls develop the strengths and the resistance abilities that give them an unusually strong sense of self,” Ray said.
He added that boys who tend to express themselves physically can also thrive in a homeschooling environment.
How can you accommodate the differences between girls and boys in your homeschool?