Late last week there was a research study published in Science that shared how young children view brilliance and gender. Among other tasks, children were told stories of brilliant (aka, “very, very smart”) people without any hint at gender and then asked to choose a picture of the person they thought the story was about.
The punch line is that at 5-years of age, all the kids are more likely to identify the brilliant person as someone of their gender. But, because there has to be a but, by 6-years of age, both boys and girls are more likely to say the brilliant person is a male.
Simply said, by 6-years of age, kids think females are less likely to be brilliant.
If you don’t want your child to be a statistic and fall into the trap of thinking that females aren’t as smart as males, here are five things you can start (or continue) doing ASAP…no matter how young or old your kids are!
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