peer pressure decides if girls like math

Girls Look To Friends For Interest In Math
Study Tracked Courses Of More Than 6,000 Students


Girls look to their close friends more than boys do when they make important scholastic decisions, a new study says.


What they discovered was that girls depend heavily on their friends to make educational choices — such as whether to take math and what math classes to take.


All teens — girls and boys — with close friends and other peers who excelled academically took more higher-level math than other teens, according to the study. But the connection between these relationships and the math classes was stronger for girls than for boys.


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