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Calculus class kicking women off career path, expert says

By Jaime Adame

This article was published April 3, 2016 at 2:45 a.m.

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Information about the gender gap in science, engineering degrees.

For many college students pursuing a career in science or engineering, one course in particular presents an early hurdle.

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Nodmcm says... April 3, 2016 at 7:08 a.m.

I thought conservatives want women at home, raising children and tending to husbands, rather than working outside the home as engineers or scientists. Women like Hillary Clinton are beating the drums for women to take on advanced careers like engineering and law. No one likes Hillary Clinton, right, so no one wants to support women spending time to learn about anything other than child care and homemaking skills, correct? We are in Arkansas, right, and not Massachusetts or Vermont or some other liberal state, where women are considered to be completely equal with men, even in career choices? So nothing to worry about here, except we probably need more home economics courses. When will those liberals like Hillary Clinton and the Democrats ever learn, "a woman's place is in the home."

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PopulistMom says... April 3, 2016 at 8:08 a.m.

Nodmcm,

Liberals also should not criticize women who take time off from careers to raise children. We have a shortage of educated people raising kids. Women and men can become engineers and lawyers and can take time off to raise kids. The point of this article is the phenomenon of women dropping out of STEM when they get a B. Boys often think Bs are good enough. Women prefer to go into fields in which they can get As even though STEM jobs may pay more.

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Nodmcm says... April 3, 2016 at 9:01 a.m.

PMom: In a socialist nirvana like Sweden, all of our child care workers would have master's degrees in early childhood development, be highly paid, and the child care and all the education would be provided by the government. Maybe if we were in Israel, both husbands and wives would be given A WHOLE YEAR OFF WORK, FULLY PAID, to stay home and bond with their child. PMom, as you know, William Summers, the past head of Harvard University, lost his job there because he voiced the belief that there are structural brain differences between men and women that cause women to be less competent at certain mathematical skills. This is not a liberal view, however, this perspective perhaps unfortunately is finding support in advanced neurochemical brain studies. As much as liberals want men and women to be identical in intellectual acumen and ability, hard science from medical domains is identifying differences. What do the French say, Vive la difference?

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DoubleBlind says... April 3, 2016 at 10:36 a.m.

The issue/topic is women dropping out of STEM study paths after taking Calc 1 due to a lack of confidence; not because they don't have the skills or aptitude. The question is why is this occurring? Why aren't girls and women going into these courses with greater confidence and the same understanding as men/boys that a failed first attempt does not equal failure overall? We know women/girls have the same maths abilities as men/boys; what are we doing in terms of nurture that results in this lack of confidence and sense of inferiority?

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Jfish says... April 3, 2016 at 10:56 a.m.

Pmom, don't try and be objective with Nod. He takes practically every story that the ADG publishes and makes it a partisan rant.

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