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The Truth About Boys Falling Behind In Remote Learning

The Truth About Boys Falling Behind In Remote Learning, and Why Parents Should Care?

Remote learning has exposed many inequalities in education, ranging from rural residents without high-speed Internet services to low-income families without laptops. According to some researchers, the boys may be another group of students who are lagging behind in virtual learning.

Studies conducted prior to the coronavirus pandemic show that differences in academic achievement between boys and girls are getting wider where girls are taking the lead. Now, some pediatric researchers say they expect the gap to increase.

A 2018 meta-analysis of more than 200 studies of teacher-allocated grades, primarily in the United States, found that girls, are getting high grades in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and are having significantly higher grades than boys from elementary throughout college. Research shows that men are overstated in STEM careers but not because they outperform women in their subject areas.

Assuming distance learning requires more integrity than classroom learning, it is expected that distance learning will widen the existing achievement gap between boys and girls 

Researchers at Stanford University's Graduate School of Education surveyed test scores for all public schools in the U.S. from fall 2008 to spring 2015 and found that girls scored higher than boys in almost all school districts, regardless of economic background. By the end of the eighth grade, it was discovered that girls were almost one grade level better in reading than boys. While boys who are wealthy and primarily in white school districts scored higher than girls in math. In low-income and multi-racial areas, girls often scored higher than boys in mathematics. When one of the authors was asked how distance school could affect the findings, she declined to comment.

Some kids claim It's always tempting to do something other than schoolwork.

 According to a new report, students lag far behind in   mathematics due to the loss of in-person education   that began last spring. The reading loss was not that   steep.

Mothers say the biggest problem facing their children is lack of motivation. They were getting A and B before the pandemic. During the first quarter of distance school this fall, they are failing classes. They seem not wanting to participate in virtual classes or ask for help.

Some women comment their daughters are doing well at distance school, they are able to adapt more easily to learning at home. They are more confident, attend classes and are not afraid to write emails to ask questions to teachers.

 The Truth About Boys Falling Behind In Remote Learning

The Journal of Adolescent Health published a study comparing learning difficulties among 238 male and female adolescents with and without attention deficit hyperactivity disorder after school closed last spring. Students with ADHD reported much more difficulty with distance learning, such as fewer routines and more concentration problems than students who were not diagnosed.

Many academic researchers take care to avoid gender distinctions, and parents are often reluctant to do anything that could be interpreted as reinforcing gender stereotypes. When parents were asked if their children were doing well in a remote school, they said their sons were doing well and that their daughters were struggling. Nevertheless, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, boys have a higher diagnosis of learning disabilities than girls, and many more boys are diagnosed with developmental disorders such as ADHD and autism that can affect learning than girls.

 Boy playing with legos in room

Scientists believe that Not only are boys most frequently diagnosed with ADHD, but undiagnosed boys have higher levels of distractibility  symptoms than girls, for example If you're in a situation where your routine and structure are less, it can affect your learning.

Did you know there are differences in the way boys and girls perform at remote schools? What are they? Join the conversation below.

Currently, many students need motivation as well as focus to work independently, which they should do when they are not receiving live virtual education. Some studies report that girls are more motivated to study than boys, many children appear in school and motivated to do well by external factors such as interactions with friends or participation in sports.

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