A couple of weeks ago I blogged about the mysterious crockus, the part of the brain Dan Hodgins is “educating” our educators about as being responsible for girls being more detail oriented than boys. A few weeks and a lot of blogosphere attention later, it’s still nowhere to be found.
But Hodgins is still out there spewing his sex difference nonsense to our nation’s teachers under the guise of professional development. As usual, Mark Liberman at Language Log breaks down Hodgins’ most recent falsehoods. This time, Hodgins is talking about girls having a larger corpus callosum (a brain part that actually does exist!) than boys and thus being more empathetic than them. The problem is, as is usual with the sex difference crowd, Hodgins is relying on faulty interpretations of science that shows very little, if any, sex differences. And those that do exist are hard to separate from socialized expectations for boys and girls.
It’s certainly no surprise that there are people out there preaching that boys and girls are essentially, naturally, and biologically different. They come from a long line of those who want to set traditional and patriarchal sex roles in stone. What the real problem is is that our nation’s educators are continually inviting these people to talk to them and teach them how to teach our children.
- David S. Cohen