Female students still avoiding maths and physics

Female students still avoiding maths and physics

Female students still avoiding maths and physics

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Education reporter

FIGURES show girls are still in the minority in physics and maths in spite of the subjects becoming more popular.

Education and political figures show girls’ A Level choices locally reflect the national problem of only 20 per cent female physics students and 28 per cent take up further maths at A Level.

Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Tory leader Mike Lee said it halted scientific development in the area if only small numbers of women are working in science and technology fields. Coun Lee said maybe more would need to be done to encourage girls’ participation.

Haslingden High headteacher Mark Jackson said girls seemed less interested in pursuing the subjects even when plenty of female role models taught in schools.

Though girls and boys perform equally well at science and maths at GCSE, statistically girls are less likely to pursue the subjects.

Recent A Level figures show a rise in the take up of science and technology subjects, including a small rise in female students. However the persistently low levels of female students will see the Institute of Physics research why.

Coun Lee said he hoped girls in East Lancashire would start to explore the ‘rewarding careers’ offered in these fields.

He said: “If we don’t get to the bottom of what is putting the girls off, we will miss out on having some amazing female scientists.”

Haslingden High headteacher Mark Jackson said: “This remains an issue in spite of projects and groups set up to look into it. I don’t know what the answer is and I’m not alone. The girls just don’t seem as interested and I am not sure why. We have as many female maths teachers as male ones and only slightly more male physics teachers. Even when the role models are there, more boys are interested in the subjects.

“We have a science group called the Physics Geeks and they have a lot of fun - however again it is mostly boys who are showing that interest.”

The Institute of Physics president Frances Saunders said their upcoming study was “a real opportunity to find the solution to the chronic problem of too few girls in physics”.

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6:41pm Tue 19 Aug 14

woolywords says...

Hate to appear sexist here but, women do have a better concept of Math and Physics than men..
They, men, don't have the same spatial awareness, so a math construct gives them an idea to play with..
As does the arrangement of atoms in a molecule.
They, women, are more like to say, why not, as it should fit together..
Thus giving them the advantage over men.
Ask any psychologist..
...
Men think of atoms, as they were taught, in a two dimensional plane..
Where there is this atom, with it's whirling electrons, in co-valent bonds..
As women think, 3-D, in that beautiful organised, sphere thing..
...
If my thing, won't join with that thing: what do I need to add, to make it so?
They will tell you about Marie Curie..
But I have inspired my daughters with these names..
Emilie du Chatelet (1706 – 1749)
Caroline Herschel (1750 – 1848)
Mary Anning (1799 – 1847)
Mary Somerville (1780 – 1872)
Maria Mitchell (1818 – 1889)
Lise Meitner (1878 – 1968)
Irene Curie-Joliot (1897 – 1956)
Barbara McClintock (1902 – 1992)
Dorothy Hodgkin (1910 – 1994)
Rosalind Franklin (1920 – 1958)
I absolutely love science, to the point of boring my friends with it, but..
Rosalind Franklin was, in my opinion, the greatest person ever, to be robbed of the Nobel Prize..
And I put it down to, nothing more than she was a woman, and by that fact, robbed; as they had previously gifted the Nobel Prize to dececeased men, which is wrong, in my eyes!
I would openly weep if, any one of you, reading this went; stuff it, am doing it.
I can do it, it's just so attractively beautiful..
Atoms, whirlling in space, just begging to join..
And when you gained a prize..
I really would, weep.
...
My two kids weren't encouraged to do science; I pushed them, the teachers were against it..
Am a bit too big, to argue with, compared to a wimpy teacher, when my kids wants.. And biased, too!
...
Don't think they got anything by my threats. I pushed them, from my end..
I begged, borrowed and blantantly stole books from my friends.
I cannot name, as most of my friends, of that ilk, went to work in the local nuclear industry, making bombs.
I'll do the 40 years in jail that George Blake got, for spying on nuclear secrets, in an heartbeat.
For my kids, anything!
...
And if one girl, reading this thinks; I love the lovely constructs of the atoms, much as the planets..
I'll give this..
Maggie Aderin-Pocock
You Google that, then tell me, the colour of your skin or being a woman, stops you, living your dream.
Dr Margaret Ebuoluwa Aderin-Pocock isn't a bit male..
She had a dream..
and if you want a dream; she will wear a caster on the back of her head, as she bends over backwards, to teach you, how reach your dream..
And I, fopr one, will do my utmost to gain you, that dream.
Hate to appear sexist here but, women do have a better concept of Math and Physics than men.. They, men, don't have the same spatial awareness, so a math construct gives them an idea to play with.. As does the arrangement of atoms in a molecule. They, women, are more like to say, why not, as it should fit together.. Thus giving them the advantage over men. Ask any psychologist.. ... Men think of atoms, as they were taught, in a two dimensional plane.. Where there is this atom, with it's whirling electrons, in co-valent bonds.. As women think, 3-D, in that beautiful organised, sphere thing.. ... If my thing, won't join with that thing: what do I need to add, to make it so? They will tell you about Marie Curie.. But I have inspired my daughters with these names.. Emilie du Chatelet (1706 – 1749) Caroline Herschel (1750 – 1848) Mary Anning (1799 – 1847) Mary Somerville (1780 – 1872) Maria Mitchell (1818 – 1889) Lise Meitner (1878 – 1968) Irene Curie-Joliot (1897 – 1956) Barbara McClintock (1902 – 1992) Dorothy Hodgkin (1910 – 1994) Rosalind Franklin (1920 – 1958) I absolutely love science, to the point of boring my friends with it, but.. Rosalind Franklin was, in my opinion, the greatest person ever, to be robbed of the Nobel Prize.. And I put it down to, nothing more than she was a woman, and by that fact, robbed; as they had previously gifted the Nobel Prize to dececeased men, which is wrong, in my eyes! I would openly weep if, any one of you, reading this went; stuff it, am doing it. I can do it, it's just so attractively beautiful.. Atoms, whirlling in space, just begging to join.. And when you gained a prize.. I really would, weep. ... My two kids weren't encouraged to do science; I pushed them, the teachers were against it.. Am a bit too big, to argue with, compared to a wimpy teacher, when my kids wants.. And biased, too! ... Don't think they got anything by my threats. I pushed them, from my end.. I begged, borrowed and blantantly stole books from my friends. I cannot name, as most of my friends, of that ilk, went to work in the local nuclear industry, making bombs. I'll do the 40 years in jail that George Blake got, for spying on nuclear secrets, in an heartbeat. For my kids, anything! ... And if one girl, reading this thinks; I love the lovely constructs of the atoms, much as the planets.. I'll give this.. Maggie Aderin-Pocock You Google that, then tell me, the colour of your skin or being a woman, stops you, living your dream. Dr Margaret Ebuoluwa Aderin-Pocock isn't a bit male.. She had a dream.. and if you want a dream; she will wear a caster on the back of her head, as she bends over backwards, to teach you, how reach your dream.. And I, fopr one, will do my utmost to gain you, that dream. woolywords
  • Score: -3

6:49pm Tue 19 Aug 14

woolywords says...

Those far off galaxies and stars are mainly named after women; don't you owe it upon yourself, and us, to tell us what they meant...
Go on, you know you want to
Want me to write to Brian Cox, to encourage you?
I've his email, as well..
I move in strange circles..
Those far off galaxies and stars are mainly named after women; don't you owe it upon yourself, and us, to tell us what they meant... Go on, you know you want to Want me to write to Brian Cox, to encourage you? I've his email, as well.. I move in strange circles.. woolywords
  • Score: -2

10:36am Wed 20 Aug 14

GracesDad says...

Hate to appear sexist here but, women do have a better concept of Math and Physics than men..
They, men, don't have the same spatial awareness, so a math construct gives them an idea to play with..
As does the arrangement of atoms in a molecule.
They, women, are more like to say, why not, as it should fit together..
Thus giving them the advantage over men.
Ask any psychologist..

Utter utter nonsense!!!!!! You don't half spout some **** on here.
Hate to appear sexist here but, women do have a better concept of Math and Physics than men.. They, men, don't have the same spatial awareness, so a math construct gives them an idea to play with.. As does the arrangement of atoms in a molecule. They, women, are more like to say, why not, as it should fit together.. Thus giving them the advantage over men. Ask any psychologist.. Utter utter nonsense!!!!!! You don't half spout some **** on here. GracesDad
  • Score: 3

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