Thursday, March 3, 2011

Bright Girls

This article touches on themes I wrote about a couple of posts ago, discussing how praise heaped upon smart children affects them. This article takes a different approach than I've read in the past, focusing on the subset of Bright Girls and how they different from their male classmates.

Her major argument:
"She found that Bright Girls, when given something to learn that was particularly foreign or complex, were quick to give up; the higher the girls' IQ, the more likely they were to throw in the towel. In fact, the straight-A girls showed the most helpless responses. Bright boys, on the other hand, saw the difficult material as a challenge, and found it energizing. They were more likely to redouble their efforts rather than give up.":

P.S. Hat tip, my mom! And to keep going with the family, my sister Zahava responded, "Nope. I don't have to fight within. I know that I'm smarter than 90% of the women in my classes and 99.9% of the men." Classic.


  1. Thoughts? Only that this is the story of my life.

  2. Stop pretending you don't wish you were me.

  3. I thought that was from 10 Things I Hate About You.

  4. all i know is i happen to LOVE challenges, so what does that mean?? BRING IT ON!!!