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Reykjavík Boys Lag Behind Girls in Reading

There is a vast difference in literacy between boys and girls in elementary schools in the capital; 23 percent of boys are unable to read to obtain information and nine percent of girls, according to a new survey conducted by a task force on behalf of Reykjavík City.


Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The survey concluded that the difference in education level between boys and girls is also reflected in the fact that 80 percent of those who require special teaching are boys. Girls on the other hand are more likely to be anxious, fall victim to bullying and have a lower self esteem, the survey indicated, reports.

However, the difference between the genders is less significant at Hamraskóli in the suburb of Grafarvogur where a new British method of teaching children to read is used.

More demands are made of the students; they are informed of their goals and what they should do to achieve them. The method also emphasizes that the students must receive regular feedback. Both boys and girls seem to like this method.


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