Should Boys’ Grades Suffer Due to Their Behavior in School?

My son is in kindergarten. He’s smart but sometimes he has a problem staying in his seat …and standing in line …and not talking. He’s not the only one. My husband and I worked with him at home, and he’s improved. So have his ‘report card grades.’ Even though, I feel his school work performance remains the same. And I’m concerned. 

This article gives documentation to my concern. It’s extremely relative and important to read, share, and discuss. Is your son’s physical behavior at school negatively impacting his academic grade? boys in the back

The Boys at the Back by Christina Hoff Summers – NYTimes.com

Boys score as well as or better than girls on most standardized tests, yet they are far less likely to get good grades, take advanced classes or attend college. Why? A study coming out this week in The Journal of Human Resources gives an important answer….  No previous study, to my knowledge, has demonstrated that the well-known gender gap in school grades begins so early and is almost entirely attributable to differences in behavior. The researchers found that teachers rated boys as less proficient even when the boys did just as well as the girls on tests of reading, math and science. (The teachers did not know the test scores in advance.) If the teachers had not accounted for classroom behavior, the boys’ grades, like the girls’, would have matched their test scores.

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Too Many Killings, Too Many Children, Too Many Times

I’m a parent. I’m feeling the pain and confusion of today’s school shootings in Connecticut.  I completely agree with these sentiments. Let’s do something!

“As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it’s an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago – these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, and these children are our children. And we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful ACTION to prevent more tragedies like this, REGARDLESS of the politics.”

President Obama

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I just discovered and signed up for the NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month).  It’s perfect timing for me since I’m really digging this whole blogging thing right now – and I like to write – so I’m pretty pumped!

I’ve been a writer since elementary school. Since the skill has always come naturally for me, I just figured my kids would be likely enthusiasts too – right?  The process of teaching the beginning mechanics never crossed my mind – until now.  My 4 y.o. hit preschool with the challenge of writing his name and, well, it’s a little more involved than I imagined …