Contrary to long-held stereotypes that still permeate all levels of education, girls are proving that they are just as capable as boys when it comes to math.

In the largest study of its kind, girls measured up to boys in every grade, from second through 11th. The research--which has important implications for the global competitiveness of American students--was released July 23 in the journal Science.

Many parents and even some teachers persist in thinking boys are simply better at math, said Janet Hyde, the University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher who led the study. And girls who grow up believing it wind up avoiding


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