Baby Boys Keep Marriages Together Better Than Baby Girls Steven E. Landsberg reports in Slate on a new study that finds male babies keep marriages together better than female babies. In the United States, the parents parents of a boy. The more daughters, the bigger the effect: The parents of of a girl are nearly 5 percent more likely to divorce than the three girls are almost 10 percent more likely to divorce than the parents of three boys. In Mexico and Colombia the gap is wider; in Kenya it’s wider still. In Vietnam, it’s huge: Parents of a girl are 25 percent more likely to divorce than parents of a boy.
University of Chicago researchers say boys are better than girls at perceiving spatial relationships early in childhood. Earlier research indicated the ability to read maps and technical drawings became sharper in males during adolescence. “These findings should put to rest claims that adolescence marks the onset of sex differences in spatial skills,” said Susan Levine, professor of psychology and lead author of “Early Sex Differences in Spatial Skill,” published in the current issue of Developmental Psychology. Nora Newcomb of Temple University said the findings disprove “previous theories that these differences are brought on by biological factors such as hormonal changes at the onset of adolescence.”In conclusion, by showing that boys outnumber girls among the most skilled toddlers in spatial abilities, this work seems to confirm the role of a male-related factor in the development of pre linguistic learning,” Labarthe wrote. Whether or not this theory of brain development “may lead to a change of the syllabus used to teach children before they learn to read is debatable and needs to be studied further before a conclusion can be reached.” Despite much recent concern that boys have become academic under-achievers, a three-year research project claims that they can be better at English than girls. A study by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority into standards of writing in secondary schools in England has found that boys often use more “sophisticated” vocabulary and are more accurate at spelling.
Is it too soon to talk about boy/girl relationships in elementary school? Of course it is, you say! Well, you may not want to hear about it, or you may choose denial over reality, but the fact remains that children are playing out the cultural role that they are being taught as early as 2nd grade. Therefore, the relationship between boys and girls at every school (Christian and non- Christian) is ...
But when it comes to GCSE exams, boys on average perform much less well than girls, with researchers concluding that it is the style of boys’ writing that gives them lower exam marks. Boys’ creative writing might have fewer spelling mistakes and better punctuation, but it is also likely to be shorter, have more action than narrative and have less “elaboration” and dialogue, all of which gives boys less scope for gaining marks. The report, Improving Writing in Secondary Schools, analysed exam papers from last year’s GCSE candidates and found that among boys and girls achieving the same grade at English, boys’ writing on average had better sentence structure and more accurate grammar. The research also identified the types of strengths and weaknesses shown by candidates at different exam grades – such as A grade pupils making only one spelling mistake in a hundred words, compared to three in a hundred for C grade pupils. The research is to be published as a booklet which will advise teachers of how they might improve their own pupils’ performance at GCSE English.