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Girls Taking Math, Science Courses More Often Than Boys

February 28, 2001|From Times staff writers

Defying conventional wisdom, high school girls in California public schools are enrolling in most math and science courses at higher rates than boys, according to a new study by the Public Policy Institute of California.

"This is really a shift from 30 years ago, when girls lagged boys across the board in [signing up for] science and math," said report author Anne Danenberg.

But she noted that the subjects in which girls lag--physics and computer science--are key because "these subjects prepare young people for some of today's highest-paying and most in-demand professions."

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