Girls Dropping Math? Blame Teachers

Biased primary-school teachers discourage girls from studying advanced math and science.

Good with numbers.

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The U.S. has a pressing need to increase the number of well-educated graduates in science, technology, engineering and math, pretty much everyone agrees. Jeb Bush contends that we're not producing “anything approaching the numbers we need to sustain and grow our economy, much less to maintain our leadership in global technology.” President Barack Obama says “we've got a whole bunch of talent” that's being wasted -- because we're not getting enough girls interested in these fields.

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