The Sexes: Testing the Creed

One of the basic tenets of the feminist movement is that there are no important inherent differences between the sexes. That creed is being challenged on two fronts:

LEARNING: Why Do Boys Do Better? Six years ago, the Denver-based Education Commission of the States began a Government-financed study known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress. After analyzing tests given to nearly 900,000 students and young adults across the U.S., the commission's researchers concluded that men have a clear edge over women in most areas of academic achievement.

The commission's report shows that in science, mathematics, social studies and citizenship—four of the eight...

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