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Gender Bias in Math and Engineering What is being doneAs a woman mother and future teacher I am worried about the future of young girls Female students consistantly score lower then boys on standardized tests and take fewer advanced math courses Some schools have implemented single-sex classrooms to ensure that girls receive the attention and modified instruction that they sometimes need Others have chosen to modify already existing programs Still others have done nothing This problem has become a source of controversy and frustration As a future teacher I feel it is important for me to recognize the problems and to the best of my abilities ensure that students have a non-biased classroom Up to the high school years girls and boys score equally in overall achievement However by the end of high school the majority of girls take fewer math courses than boys preferring English or history Around the seventh and eight grade girls and boys have the desire to fit in Girls self-esteem and confidence in their ability drops significantly around this time as well In the majority of mathematics courses these are required attributes to succeed Young girls who excel in math during this time are likely to not choose advanced math courses because very often they will be the only girl She wont fit in thus lowering her self-esteem further In is during the middle-school years that young girls make their first career moves and they dont even realize that they have They decide to cut advanced math out of their schedules thus limiting their career opportunities This is a problem which could be solved simply by educating young girls of the importance of math for any given occupation For example when surveyed middle-school girls felt they would be capable of becoming doctors or veterinarians but did not want to have math or science related careers All children need to be made aware of the skills they will need for
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