The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read a ton of great articles. Here are the best of the bunch.

Do men and women have different brains?

It's a pretty touchy subject because of the possible implications - if you find differences between the brains of men and women, does that mean there are differences in their intellect? Surprisingly, though there are demonstrable differences between male and female brains, they use them differently to achieve the same ends equally well.

A study that revealed a significant wealth gap went pretty much unreported when it came out last March. The study, conducted by the Insight Center for Community and Economic Development out of California, showed the disparity in wealth (the amount of money left over after you deduct debt from assets) between the races and among gender. What was revealed is not pretty.

There's an interesting article from yesterday's New York Times about a school in the Bronx that's experimenting with splitting up the girls and boys in its fifth grade class. The goal is basically to see what happens in relation to behavioral improvements, testing, etc. It turns out that there's even a national movement going on to split up boys and girls in public schools. There are more than 400 such classes around the country, thanks to a federal regulation passed in 2004 that gave schools the right to do so. There isn't enough test data yet to suggest that the move has academic benefits, but teachers and students alike have good things to say so far. Both male and female teachers feel that it's bonding them to their students more and that the students are bonding to each other.