If girls are bad at math, should we blame their mothers?

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Now a team of economists has produced a study that calculates how a family’s attitudes about women can impede girls’ math achievement at school.

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Girls in biased homes performed worse on math tests, study finds. Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report

There are loads of theories for why girls tend to do worse in math than boys, from differences in innate ability to discrimination by teachers. Many argue that our culture discourages girls from excelling at math. Now a team of economists has produced a study that calculates how a family’s attitudes about women can impede girls’ math achievement at school.

Specifically, in the state of Florida, girls raised in families that prefer boys scored lower on the state’s annual math tests than girls in less sexist families. The detrimental effects of this ‘boy bias’ were largest for wealthier, well-educated families.’ (More below on how the researchers categorized families as ‘boy-biased’ or not.)

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  • Publisher: The Hechinger Report
  • Date: 2019-02-11T11:00:01+00:00
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Marjory Stoneman Douglas family looks for answers after tragedy in Parkland

Gena drove her son Luke to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School every morning, and she was certain he was wearing a black Florida State sweatshirt the last time she dropped him off on Feb. 14. She was struck that morning by how the cross around his neck shined against it. But then one of his friends said no, he was wearing a gray sweatshirt, and then she had to know. She sent her sister and her daughter down to the school to retrieve everything in his locker because there was no way she could go.

Assistant athletic director Marilyn Rule grabbed a 3×5 card with Luke’s combination and headed toward the gym lockers. Rule taught Luke in a health and P.E. class, and she always made a point to know all of her students.

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Broward recount shenanigans: 46000 Democrat votes ‘found’ after election day, with more to come

UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect that at approximately 2pm Eastern, the Broward County Supervisor of Elections posted another 11,300 votes (which broke 70-30 in favor of Democrats). This new tranche of ballots triggered a mandatory machine recount in the governor’s race and a hand recount in the U.S. Senate race.’

UPDATE #2:’After another update sometime after 5pm, Nelson has gained another 2,000 votes, cutting Scott’s statewide lead to just 15,092 votes. It is unclear where these last 2,000 votes came from.

UPDATE #3:’Scott has ordered FDLE to investigate Broward County’s handling of ballots. Attorneys for Rick Scott have filed a lawsuit in the 17th Judicial Circuit against Broward SOE Brenda Snipes. The lawsuit demands access to public records in an effort to know how many ballots have been cast, how many have been counted and how many ballots remain to be counted. Snipes maintains that she does not have this information.’

Community gathers to watch 950-ton bridge move across Southwest 8th Street

UPDATE, March 16, 2018, 11 a.m.: To clarify, Leonor Flores did not work on the FIU-Sweetwater UniversityCity Bridge project in any capacity.

Twelve-year-old Michelle Flores shared a special moment with her family at FIU this past Saturday: She and her sister Gabriela joined their parents, FIU alumni Leonor and Henry Flores MIS ’01, to watch a 950-ton section of a pedestrian bridge swing into its permanent position across Southwest 8th Street.

Leonor Flores ’98 is a project executive and one of 63 FIU alumni who work for MCM, the construction firm building the FIU-Sweetwater UniversityCity Bridge, which will further connect FIU and its northerly neighbor, the City of Sweetwater. She was excited to share her work with her family, especially Michelle, who is interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in school.

  • Publisher: FIU News
  • Date: 2018-03-14T11:57:39+00:00
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School Grades Are Out: How Did Your Child’s School Score?

Among North Escambia elementary schools: Molino Park remain an A, Jim Allen improved from a C to’ B, Bratt and Lipscomb fell from an A to B,’ Byrneville fell from a B to a C, Pine Meadow remained a B, and McArthur remained a C.

Ramsom Middle School remained at a B, while Ernest Ward remained a C. Tate High school remained a B school, and Northview remained at a C.