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The Book Show

The Best of Our Knowledge # 972

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Albany, NY – "GENDER DIFFERENCES IN SCIENCE AND MATH:
DIVERSITY AND THE ROLE OF SOCIAL CONTEXT" -

In one of our recent shows during Women's History Month, we posed the question about whether women-only schools are still necessary. That discussion generated a number of calls and emails from listeners. So we've looked into the issue further, and discovered single-gender education remains a highly researched field of study.

In fact, a report just published by UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute found that girls' school graduates demonstrate measurably stronger academic orientation than their coed peers, and assess themselves stronger across academic disciplines. The nationwide study was commissioned by the National Coalition of Girls' Schools which represents 55-thousand girls in 130 girls' schools. Complete findings are available at: http://www.ncgs.org/researchshowsgirlsschoolgraduateshaveanedge/

This brings us to our story, which is on another study done at the University of Texas at Austin on "Gender Differences in Science and Math." Investigators reveal findings that are having an impact on single-gender education. Important results show that having academically high-performing same-sex friends can determine whether girls choose to take advanced math and science courses.

TBOOK has this exclusive report from on-location in Texas.

Larry Schooler reports. (14:36)

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COLUMBINE REMEMBERED - MARKS 10TH ANNIVERSARY
CHATROOM CONFESSIONS OF ANOTHER SCHOOL SHOOTER -

In our Education Headlines and Shorts segment it seems like only yesterday. We just marked the ten-year anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting tragedy in Colorado.

While that gruesome date was being remembered in the U.S., another similar tragedy unfolded in Germany.

A 17-year old gunman opened fire at his former school, killing 15 people. His victims included nine fellow pupils, all girls but one, and three teachers.

Network Europe's, Laurens Bovens, was at the scene shortly after that shooting.

Laurens Bovens reports. (1:50)

INTERNET SAFETY MEASURES FOR SOCIAL NETWORKING
AND CHILDREN BULLYING -

As we just heard in our last story, Internet chatrooms are widely used by teens. We take a quick look at recent efforts to make the peril-filled waters of the Internet a little less dangerous, especially for young people.

Controlling the Internet has proved problematic for anyone who has tried. But the European Union hopes making it safer for its younger users is achievable.

The European Commission recently held a Safer Internet Day. It's part of an initiative to make both parents and children aware of possible dangers if the Internet.

They've also unveiled a new agreement on net safety. It's the first time they've managed to get 17 social networking firms, such as Facebook and YouTube, to agree on safety measures

Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Information and Media, told reporter Amy Drozdowska what these measures entail.

Amy Drozdowska reports. (1:37)