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The Truth About Girls and Boys
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The Truth About Girls and Boys: Challenging Toxic Stereotypes About Our Children

Caryl Rivers and Rosalind Barnett


This book tackles a new, troubling trend in the theorizing of gender: that the learning styles, brain development, motivation, cognitive and spatial abilities, and “natural” inclinations of girls and boys are so fundamentally different, they require unique styles of parenting and education. Ignoring the science that challenges these claims, those who promote such theories make millions while frightening parents and educators into enforcing old stereotypes and reviving unhealthy attitudes in the classroom. This text unmakes the pseudoscientific rationale for this argument, stressing the individ ... More

Keywords: gender, learning styles, brain development, motivation, parents, educators, stereotypes, classroom, children

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231151634
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231151634.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Caryl Rivers, author
Boston University Dept. of Journalism

Rosalind Barnett, author