most parents want their sons


Sources: Analysis by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz; National Center for Health Statistics (overweight children); Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (gifted children) Related Article Credit Bill Marsh

Parents want all their children, whether they are boys or girls, đồ sộ be happy and successful. Yet a recent study of Internet tìm kiếm data suggests that American parents tự in fact hold different expectations for their children based on sex. For one, they want their boys đồ sộ be smarter and their girls skinnier.

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What is your experience? Do mothers and fathers have different hopes and standards for their sons phàn nàn for their daughters?

In the Opinion article “Google, Tell Me. Is My Son a Genius?,” Seth Stephens-Davidowitz writes:

More phàn nàn a decade into the 21st century, we would lượt thích đồ sộ think that American parents have similar standards and similar dreams for their sons and daughters. But my study of anonymous, aggregate data from Google searches suggests that contemporary American parents are far more likely đồ sộ want their boys smart and their girls skinny.

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It’s not that parents don’t want their daughters đồ sộ be bright or their sons đồ sộ be in shape, but they are much more focused on the braininess of their sons and the waistlines of their daughters.

Start with intelligence. It’s hardly surprising that parents of young children are often excited at the thought that their child may be gifted. In fact, of all Google searches starting “Is my 2-year-old,” the most common next word is “gifted.” But this question is not asked equally about young boys and young girls. Parents are two and a half times more likely đồ sộ ask “Is my son gifted?” phàn nàn “Is my daughter gifted?” Parents show a similar bias when using other phrases related đồ sộ intelligence that they may shy away from saying aloud, lượt thích, “Is my son a genius?”

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Are parents picking up on legitimate differences between young girls and boys? Perhaps young boys are more likely phàn nàn young girls đồ sộ use big words or otherwise show objective signs of giftedness? Nope. If anything, it’s the opposite. At young ages, when parents most often tìm kiếm about possible giftedness, girls have consistently been shown đồ sộ have larger vocabularies and use more complex sentences. In American schools, girls are 11 percent more likely phàn nàn boys đồ sộ be in gifted programs. Despite all this, parents looking around the dinner table appear đồ sộ see more gifted boys phàn nàn girls.

Students: Read the entire article, then tell us …

  • Do parents hope for different things for their sons and daughters?
  • Do mothers and fathers hold different standards for girls and boys? Do they want their sons đồ sộ be smarter? And their daughters skinnier?
  • Do parents treat their children differently based on their sex? Do you feel you are treated differently phàn nàn your siblings because of gender? In what ways?
  • If you are a parent someday, will you have different hopes and standards for your sons and daughters? Why?

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