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  1. I don't agree, we had more excellent students. Perhaps because there were fewer girls in principle, although in the 11th grade it was about the same. But if we talk about discipline-yes, the girls were a little more modest.

  2. There is both a part of the stereotype and a part of the truth.�

    The truth concerns mainly the age from 1 to 7-8 grade. It's all about different upbringing, from which women are more obedient, diligent, less prone to rebellion and pampering.

    Boys are mostly more active, mentally more prone to physical exertion in their hobbies, it is often much more difficult for them to sit still, etc. This is what causes many of them to dislike sedentary monotonous activities.

  3. This is a myth, the facts are distorted by our stereotypical perception. In fact, we simply do not take much into account.
    1) There are more girls. Yes, the simplest fact is that there are more of them, and therefore, all other things being equal, the battle of the sexes will be won by women. Assuming that every 10th genius, where will there be more gifted children in a group of 100 people or out of 10?
    2) Boys grow up more slowly. While girls are already 14-16 years old can already be called full-fledged women, and many people form a family at this time. At a time when many men in their 20s are not fully mature. While my classmates at 14 were thinking about how cool it would be to get married, I was thinking about Plato's “state” and other things that the common man does not need and will not help in his studies. Now, on the contrary, they regret that they did not study classics, and I did not get married (no).
    3) Boys are more aggressive and have tougher competition. While the girls can discuss and help each other, the boys are focused on the competition, which is the most stupid thing to show off in front of the girls.
    4) The cult of power among guys. This stereotype affects parenting. For men, everything is built on the fact that a man should be “strong”, and for this reason they often choose sports rather than study.
    5) Many boys drop out of school and go to work early. In my class, the ratio of boys and girls was not even 9 to 10, but rather 5 to 18, because many people left immediately to study for a working specialty. In our society, by the age of majority, everyone quickly understands that it is not power, status and regalia that are important, but stupidly money, and those who know how to earn it have it. And as you can see, the school doesn't pay money, so if you choose, the choice is obvious.

    It is precisely because of these factors that the stereotype has emerged that there are more” excellent girls ” than boys.

  4. I can't help but quote the statement of my math teacher Marya Ivanovna:”Girls should study well! So, they will unload the cars if anything, but you don't have such a choice.”

  5. In fact, everything is very simple and there is no evil intent of the patriarchy.

    1) Girls are more prone to conformism, and if we accept school as, say, an authoritarian country, then it is logical that those who follow the words of the authorities without hesitation get different buns, just like in school, boys are more conflicted and principled.

    2) The main period of study falls on grades 8-11 and it is at this time that boys begin puberty, and only a few have the strength and interest to study.

  6. The fact is that different organisms form different parts of the brain at different times.Let's say a boy at this age develops visual bumps ,and a girl has frontal lobes.

    In ancient times,boys went hunting,so much preference is given to the formation of parietal, temporal lobes and visual tubercles.

    In girls, the frontal lobes and other areas responsible for perseverance are formed to rationalize the upbringing of children.

    People did not live long and there was less time for all this business.

  7. Let's look at the question differently: “Why are boys much less likely to become excellent students in school?”

    As for Russia…

    About the girls `social expectations, which allows them to concentrate in class, unlike the other boys
    — you need to have interests and Hobbies outside of school — not by chance that the shameful label of “nerd” is the masculine;
    — you have to fight each other in different places, and school is no exception; sometimes in self-defense, sometimes in order to progress through the informal hierarchy.
    — you have to risk your health, because it is strongly encouraged and serves as an indicator of your masculinity, boys are not trained to value their own lives and are prone to adventurism, especially since this can give the status of a hero;
    — you have to conform to the broadest gender stereotypes and role models presented in popular culture. The same sport — you go to the section ➡ you can become a champion ➡ girls will like you ➡ pride of the class

    It is clear that all this takes time and effort that could have been spent on studying.

    In conditions of gender inequality, girls do not need to repeatedly confirm their femininity — just a framework of gender stereotypes and traditional gender roles is enough. In Russia, there is even a phenomenon of brides with a diploma (sometimes red), because girls are not expected to build a career or aim for social leadership. But cooking borscht for your husband at 6: 30 in the morning on the veranda of a country house in highlighter and concealer (and education is necessary to support a small and not very conversation) is a bourgeois (and gender) dream of thousands of Russians (OK).

    • It is clear that in such conditions it is possible to be an excellent student without second thoughts and devote all the time to textbooks, because the role of an athlete and Komsomol member has a secondary status.
      For boys, a significant part of their internal resources can be spent on working on their own informal status-on confirming their masculinity and trying to stay in the matrix of the class hierarchy. Simply put, to be recognized as “your boyfriend”, which can be aggravated by gender segregation and a clear division within the class into male and female groups, and the hierarchy is expressed differently for girls.

    After all, even the role of a bad boy can bring dividends (“but he…”) and informal influence among peers and coevals.

    Plus, women are treated (sexist, but so what) with the indulgence of “women are fools, what to take from them”, while men can become hostages of their own ambitions: do you need more than anyone? the smartest one, or what? keep your head down.
    If we take societies that are free from gender stereotypes and biases, then usually there are no problems with male academic performance, everyone learns to be diligent and has approximately the same opportunities to realize their intellectual potential.

    As a rule, by the 10th grade, the situation is leveled: the representatives of the lumpen proletariat are eroded from the school parallel and the first difficulties of puberty disappear — so that the teenager is no longer busy looking for himself and can focus on his studies.

    Much depends on the school management strategy. If it seeks to create an egalitarian environment and minimize the harm of the informal school hierarchy, then the statistics of excellent students and excellent students in such a school do not differ much.

  8. Due to the fact that girls in a society of gender inequality are subject to more stringent moral standards than boys. Girls are more encouraged to do well in their studies, but they are not always encouraged to be creative. Stereotypes often link boys 'academic success to ability, often attributing insufficient academic effort, and girls' success to hard work and perseverance. Girls are more strongly condemned for antisocial behavior or behavior that is considered such.�

    On average, girls continue to do better in higher education. But the higher the advancement in a scientific career, the fewer women there are in it. This is due to discrimination against women, to stereotypes that this is “not a woman's business”, and to the workload of many women with household and child-rearing work, which in conditions of gender inequality is expected mainly from women.

  9. It's all about stereotypes. Since childhood, your parents tell you ,” You should study well, you're a girl.” If the boy �did not do his homework, then this is normal. They have different interests and problems. Teachers consider young people to be irresponsible and therefore they are not particularly burdened. A girl always needs to prove her superiority in order to be accepted in a stereotypical society. The girl has no activities other than cooking and cleaning, so she can work out. And girls usually sit more calmly in class, so there is a certain respect for them, which can be expressed in overestimating grades.�

    Although in fact, everything is very individual here.

  10. It is at school that bitchy skills are formed, then they are only honed and improved. At home, they are suppressed by parental authority, at school these brakes are not present, there is a place to turn around. The first stage of formation is participation in the contest of excellent students. The bitchy ones I've met in my life weren't C's at school.

  11. It's about nature itself, or rather, the difference between boys and girls, which is not just physiological, of course. Boys and girls react differently to school success. For girls, high grades are often a means of self-affirmation, thanks to which they find themselves in the center of attention and general admiration. For the most part , boys, on the contrary, are more often indifferent to how they look from the outside. In addition, excellent students very often doubt their own success. They perceive high marks, first of all, as a responsibility: they can't make mistakes, because everyone is looking at them. The need to constantly justify the hopes of teachers, parents, and their own, in the end.

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