Monday, January 25, 2010


Sex and booze figured in Egyptian rites. (thanks, Bill C!)

No Gender Gap in Math: A worldwide study of nearly half a million boys and girls found no significant gender gap in math ability


  1. I have heard unsubstantiated rumors to the effect that sex and booze figured in Unitarian rites in the swinging 70s. . . ;-)

    Must be where that Unitarian joke about screwing in sleeping bags comes from.

  2. It has been my experience that girls can DO math, they just don't want to- just as boys CAN read Jane Austen or Thomas Hardy, they just don't.

    Reminds me of a time I made coffee come out of my wife's nose. A few years back, some literary type was on NPR saying yes, the Harry Potter books were awful, but at least they were getting boys, who notoriously hate to read, to crack a book. I said that boys love to read; they just hate to read books about pigs who fall in love with talking spiders.

    Actually, I was serious- "childrens literature" is *NOT* aimed at children, it is aimed at 35 year old women, as they are the ones who will be buying it or recommending it to school systems.

  3. But is that inherent in "boy-ness" Joel? Or is it cultural? I loved "Charlotte's Web" as a child. My oldest son did, too. (But then, as DairyStateMom will quickly remind me, I grew up in a fairly unusual household -- to my benefit.)And notions that girls -- or anyone -- "can't do math" are culturally reinforced, too, IMHO.

  4. Ha! Great article about math. I'm the mathematician in my household. My sidekick and son both hate it.