The powerful thing that happens when the school day starts in the afternoon

“… in developed nations, girls started outpacing boys in educational achievement starting in the 1960s. … These rifts have caused something of a crisis among educators, who wonder what is disadvantaging the world’s boys. Or, to frame the question a different way — how did girls get so good at school?”

“There are a lot of studies that show boys have trouble with what we call ‘soft skills,’ ” economist David Autor told me a few months ago. “They’re more impulsive, they have more trouble containing themselves. It takes a lot of work help boys overcome those behavioral traits.”

“But what if some of the academic disadvantage for boys results from deeper biological differences? A few years ago, one school district in Europe stumbled across a surprising way to narrow the gender gap: starting the school day in the afternoon.

… Psychological studies show that girls tend to perform better than boys when sleep deprived. Girls also run on slightly different schedules than boys. Surveys find that girls are more likely to be “morning” people; they are more likely to go to bed earlier and get up earlier.”

Read more at the Washington Post: The powerful thing that happens when the school day starts in the afternoon