The best of the web on education from kindergarten to postsecondary, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail education editor Simona Chiose.
Women work harder, men get better results
There is a bit of Venus-Mars flavour in this research study looking at the differences between how men and women spend their time on campus. The conclusion? Men while away more hours playing video games, relaxing and watching television, while women volunteer on campus and prepare for class; yet it is men who report having more engagement with professors and who are more likely to do undergraduate research.
Sweden has a solution
If socialization is part of the reason that women and men have different university experiences, Sweden is engaged in an interesting experiment to redirect how they develop. Preschool teachers - many of whom are men - refer to kids by the gender-neutral noun ‘friend’ and boys who cry are comforted for as long as girls.
Too easy to find information online, teachers argue
Teachers working with high-school students agree that technology is creating a generation of easily distracted students with short attention spans, with a majority arguing that the academic benefits of tech do not outweigh its pitfalls.
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