Why Johnny Can't Read
In "Why Johnny Can't Read: Schools Favor Girls", a study indicates that even sons of college educated parents lag behind girls in reading in high school.
The interesting part came at the end of the report:
In separate research that Kleinfeld is also preparing for publication, she has possibly gotten to the root of the problem.It seems my homeschooling friends may be on to something.
"Here's a fascinating fact," she said. "There is no literacy gap in home-schooled boys and girls."
"Why? In school, teachers emphasize reading literature and talking about character and feelings," she said. "This way of teaching reading does not turn boys on. Boys prefer reading nonfiction, such as history and adventure books. When they are taught at home, parents are more likely to let them follow their interests."