‘Playful urination practices may give boys an advantage over girls when it comes to physics’

‘Playful urination practices may give boys an advantage over girls when it comes to physics’
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[Ed. – This is a real article from a popular website that provides advice to teachers. The authors wonder aloud early on whether there are readers who will find them ‘daft.’ We would hope that all readers would agree they sound certifiable.]

Physics is heavily skewed towards boys because they have a unique advantage when it comes to understanding projectile motion. …

Playful urination practices – from seeing how high you can pee to games such as Peeball (where men compete using their urine to destroy a ball placed in a urinal) – may give boys an advantage over girls when it comes to physics. And we believe there’s something we can do about it.

No doubt you have some questions, the first is probably: what could possibly lead us to believe this?

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Well, for starters, our recent analysis of the kinds of physics questions females generally do worse at than males. Add to that strong evidence for the widespread nature of certain kinds of pee-based game-playing among young (and not-so-young) boys. Finally, throw in our observations on curriculum sequencing and the ways in which formal, mathematically codified physics is often introduced to children and young people.

Let us explain in more detail. The gender gap in physics, and other related subjects including engineering, has long been a cause for concern. This has led to both educational innovations as well as policy interventions. …

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