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Jerry P. Becker

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Response to the USA Mathematics Olympiad Posting
Posted: Aug 31, 1998 4:30 PM
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Hello,

I couldn't agree with the sentiment more. It was bittersweet to me that this
was the first girl. So what does that say about the past? If boys aren't
naturally more skilled and adept at mathematics, and I don't think most of
us are willing to say that, then societal factors(expectations?) have held
girls and women back.

The good news is that girls and women are making progress. Almost as many
girls as boys now take and pass the AP Calculus and AP Chemistry exams.
Physics is still low, although the slope is positive. The scary part is now
the effect that technology is going to have. AP Computer Science has the
lowest percentage of girls taking that test as any exam. (17%). So are
computers going to be the newest impediment to women's equity in science and
mathematics?

I have 2 essays Called Getting Girls Interested in Computers and Getting
Girls Interested in Computer Science if anyone would like to read them.
http://math.rice.edu/~lanius/club/girls.html

AAUW has $10,000 teacher fellowships for women teachers who would like to
develop special projects for girls. It also can pay tuition for courses.
Read more at www.aauw.org .

Thanks.

Cynthia (a Texas teacher now working in teacher education)

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Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618)453-4244
Phone: (618)453-4241 (office)
E-mail: JBECKER@SIU.EDU





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