Women’s Association Demands Removal of Researcher From National Math Panel
An advocacy group that promotes increased participation for women in mathematics is calling for the removal of the vice chairwoman of a newly formed national panel studying how to improve student performance in that subject, citing objections over research she conducted in the 1980s on gender differences in math reasoning.
The Association for Women in Mathematics is collecting signatures for a petition asking the Bush administration to remove Camilla Persson Benbow from the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, an expert group established by the White House earlier this year. The 17-member panel is staging its second set of meetings today and tomorrow in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The association, which is based in Fairfax, Va., and says it has 4,100 members, takes issue with three articles written by Ms. Benbow in the 1980s. One of those articles examines the possibility of differences in mathematical reasoning ability between males and females, particularly among those with strong...
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