Brains are the same for boys, girls

Boys’ brains and girls’ brains are the same, according to neuroscientist Lise Eliot in Springer’s journal, Sex Roles.  There’s no scientific basis for sex-segregated classrooms, she writes.

Although there is no doubt that boys and girls have different interests which shape how they respond to different academic subjects, neuroscientists have had great difficulty identifying meaningful differences between boys’ and girls’ neural processing — even for learning to read, which has been the most studied to date. And although research shows that men and women — not boys and girls — tend towards different self-professed learning styles, there is no evidence that teaching specifically geared to such differences is actually beneficial.

Eliot is the author of Pink Brain, Blue Brain.

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