The Number One Secret to High Intelligence, Limitless Creativity (Backed by Science)

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There are two facts that hold true in virtually every society where males and females have equal access to books and education.

  1. Females read more than males.
  2. Females do better in school than males.

While males tend to score better in math, there’s a tie for the sciences, and thereafter girls tend to be on the upward curve.

But why?

Is the fact that girls read more, the reason they tend to outperform boys? Or is it mere coincidence? And if boys pick up the slack with reading, will they finally catch up with their female counterparts?

How Reading Affects the Gender Gap in Education

According to the Economist, reading is the primary reason girls outperform boys in school. In an article entitled, Why girls do better at school than boys, they explain:

Reading proficiency is the basis upon which all other learning is built. When boys don’t do…

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  1. Why would boys sit around and read when what they’re most rewarded for doing is playing sports? Our reward/punishment systems are designed to encourage our children to act in ways that fulfill gender stereotypes, regardless of long-term consequences. Being a star athlete is a great way for a boy to be popular in middle and high school, but reading and studying hard are more likely to pay off in adulthood.

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    1. That’s the problem though, isn’t it? We force kids to follow only one path, and don’t prepare them for adulthood. Their focus is on the here and now, and not the future.

      Too many kids are also way too concerned with what other kids think. I always stood my ground, and the end result after lots of people tried to taunt and failed to make me feel bad about myself and my choices and preferences was that they grew to RESPECT me.

      Also, I remember one guy telling me he wished he’d known how attracted women are to college degrees, as he would have paid better attention in school. 😂😂😂

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      1. Haha you’ve figure out how to get men to actually finish college…sex!

        On a more serious note, kids that can resist peer pressure are rare. Being part of ‘the group’ is such a strong drive, we really should do a better job of teaching kids to be independent and less mean.

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      2. Haha, yes. Mothers and fathers should impress upon their sons how attractive their partners will find them when they are well-read, and have a college degree. 😂 Definitely two of the main reasons I find my partner so attractive.

        I didn’t find it hard to resist peer pressure at all. I was never tempted. Whether that’s nurture or nature, I’m not sure. But I do find it hilarious it made me the most popular girl at my college. People do respect differences, but you have to show your commitment to it first.

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  2. Reblogging to my sister site, Success Inspirers World

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    1. Thank you sharing! So glad you liked it. 🙃

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  3. Norah says:

    This is a good post, Alexis, and worth sharing again.

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    1. Thank you, Norah! I haven’t written anything self-improvement focused over here for a while, so I thought it would be a good share. ^_^

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  4. Elizabeth says:

    You won’t hear any argument from this retired English professor!🤓🤓

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    1. Haha, I would hope not! Are you also secretly volunteering to be my beta reader for my novels? 😂

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      1. Haha, I’m gonna hold you to that. I’m finishing up some edits on book 1 as we speak. 😊

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