Sax's work suggests a paradigm shift from the zero-sum game approach that has dominated the rhetoric that can be summed up like this: girls are getting into college, boys are in crisis. Her book is focused on experiences within education.
Here is a summary of some of her very interesting findings:
- girls who participate in sports and physical activity get better grades; boys' participation has the opposite effect.
- the more female professors at an institution, the better the grades of both female and male students
- private schools foster, in women, greater critical thinking skills
Note that none of these findings are contextualized. I, personally, am more interested in why these effects exist and worried about how they could be twisted, i.e. women are easier graders which is why students get better grades. Or they are more inherently nurturing.
If anyone has read or plans to read Sax's book and would like to do a review for the blog we would be happy to have more information on the study.