Sex and America’s Education System [Infographic]

In the Fall of 2011, there were 3.7 million full-time school teachers in America—and 3.3 million, or 89 percent, were public school teachers, while 400,000, or 11 percent, were private school teachers. The overwhelming majority of teachers are female—a full three-fourths, in fact. Even in different historical eras, the number of female teachers has far exceeded the number of male teachers. Over time, the gap has only expanded.

What are some of the core differences between boys and girls in the classroom? Boys have lower college-going and graduation rates, while girls’ brains develop as much as two years ahead of boys’. Boys with A.D.H.D. have more “externalizing” side effects like impulsivity. Girls with A.D.H.D., on the other hand, have more “internalizing” side effects like depression. Boys, who tend to generally be more mischievous, deal with higher school suspension rates than girls.

Autism is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. Compared to girls, boys are five times more likely to be diagnosed with the disability. Autism affects one in 54 boys. For girls, autism spectrum disorder can manifest as extreme shyness or anxiety masking that they may not be responsive to social cues. Because girls with autism do not show any signs, it’s much easier for them to “blend in” with their peers. As a result, autistic girls don’t get bullied as often as autistic boys do.

To learn more about sex and education in America—including the tendencies of parents of girls—check out the infographic below!

Sex and Americas Education System [Infographic] image education2Sex and Americas Education System [Infographic]
Source: The Role of Gender in Education

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