Quote from the NYTimes today July 25, 2008:
Although boys in high school performed better than girls in math 20 years ago, the researchers found, that is no longer the case. The reason, they said, is simple: Girls used to take fewer advanced math courses than boys, but now they are taking just as many.
“Now that enrollment in advanced math courses is equalized, we don’t see gender differences in test performance,” said Marcia C. Linn of the University of California, Berkeley, a co-author of the study. “But people are surprised by these findings, which suggests to me that the stereotypes are still there.”
"Math Scores Show No Gap for Girls, Study Finds" By Tamar Lewin
I could sit here and type out (or cut and paste) the entire NYTimes article but hey, why don't I just give you the link.
And now I'm going to go do the "Yes Ma'am, Girls can do math" dance, all over the room.
Yes we can!