NBC's series this week is called The Truth About Boys and Girls, a study in gender differences. Yesterday Robert Bazell introduced us to neurological scans of the differences between memory in male brains and female brains. Bazell told us that she stores the factual details of a memory and the emotions attached to it in the same gray matter whereas he segregates the two and allocates details and emotions to separate storage. Now Rehema Ellis introduces us to the fourth grade mathematics classes at the Woodward Avenue Elementary School in Orlando. They are classes, plural, because boys and girls are taught numbers separately. Since coed math was canned, boys have become better readers, with 85% at statewide levels, up from 55% when they learned with girls.
Ellis did not tell us whether math scores improved too--or whether reading classes are also gender segregated.
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