Blog for the class section of Jessica James' MC1313 - Media Writing
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Literacy gap between genders widen
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Boys face a literacy crisis as the learning gap between genders has increased markedly. Some educators, like former First Lady Laura Bush and Harvard University President Larry Summers, believe that boys are falling dangerously behind girls in education. Author of "The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales"and founder of Guys Read, Jon Scieszka, believes that both a biological and sociological element play a role in the difference between the sexes. Temple University professor, Michael W. Smith, and Boise State University English Education professor, Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, did a literacy study in 2002 called "Reading Don't Fix No Chevys" and found that generally boys take longer to read; read less and are less enthusiastic about it; and they have more trouble understanding narrative texts but are better at absorbing informational texts.