Are Women Smarter Than Men?
I do believe that in elementary school, girls are more willing to learn and have a stronger desire to please the teacher. Us boys just do not seem to have this in general...not in all case, but generally. That is what I am my 3 siblings (we are 2 boys and 2 girls) saw in the elementary school we went too (over a 11 year span between youngest and oldest). Teachers in general have collaborated this statement as well...my mother used to be a teachers helper and asked.
However, when we get to junior high and highschool, all bets are off. Social pressures and which "group" you hang with tended to determine your outlook towards your studies. The girls that I went to school with and my sisters were very good with math in elementary school, but as soon as highschool hit, math wasn't cool and they did horribly. I saw that A LOT in highschool. Some girls became what I refer to as Boy Crazy and some guys just became Academically Challenged because books aren't cool. And even less cool were teachers!
Once you got to college, I didn't see a whole lot of difference. We were all there with a purpose. Now I went to a engineering college, so that probably isn't a fair judgement of colleges in general. However, I saw both men and women do very well and poorly on a near equal basis.