If you haven’t been following along, here’s a quick recap of our ongoing series of indeterminate length and intellectual rigor on the boys and reading issue, here’s what you’ve missed:
In Part 1, I discussed the following:
- The Center for Education Policy issued a report that shows that boys consistently lag behind girls in reading as measured by standardized tests.
- An AP story says that fart books may be the solution to this problem.
- A Wall Street Journal editorial takes issue with that solution
In Part 2, I responded with limited to success to a comment to Part 1 and delved a little deeper into the Center of Education Policy report that kicked this all off. I also offered some “context” for framing the problem. I’m calling this Part 2.5 because I’ve stumbled across some additional context to throw out there for your consideration.
First, I came across this chart in a CDC report, Diagnosed Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Learning Disability: United States, 2004–2006. I’m not saying that ADHD is responsible for the reading gap between school-age boys and girls, but it is a striking parallel and I hope that it’s at least part of the conversation somewhere.
Secondly, I came across this graphic from data compiled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (via Flowing Data – my favorite source for data geekery):
This graphic begs the question: if the US is currently only a mid-performing country in reading (as of 2003), is the boys/girls reading gap issue missing the forest for the trees?
Stay tuned for Part 3.