In Fall 2011, there were 3.7 million full-time school teachers in America—89 percent were public school teachers. Between 2007 and 2008, a full three-fourths of teachers were female. In various historical eras, female teachers have far outnumbered male teachers in America’s classrooms. This gap only continues to expand over time.

What about the students themselves? Compared to girls, boys have lower college-going and graduation rates. Girls’ brains develop as much as two years ahead of boys’ brains. This may explain why boys are far more likely than girls to have been suspended from school by eighth grade.

Autism, the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the U.S., has increased 78 percent over the past decade—and boys are five times more likely to be diagnosed with it. Since autistic girls don’t show many signs of the condition, it’s easier for them to blend in with their peers.

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that parents of girls are more likely to have books in the home, read to their children, take children to concerts and sign their children up for extracurricular activities.

Does this surprise you at all? Please share in the comments! To learn more—including the education level of male and female adults in the U.S. in 2012—check out the infographic below!

The Role of Gender in Education


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