WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2015-2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Publishing. No longer a feeder school for Wellesley College, Dana Hall continues to thrive, edu- cating girls from 5th through 12th grade, preparing them to succeed at schools like Harvard, Haverford, and Middlebury, and in life after college. In terms of the larger educational landscape, today women comprise 57 percent of the 20.2 million students enrolled in American colleges and universities. They are more likely than men to complete college and attend graduate school. Women make up nearly half of the present US workforce; 40.4 percent of women are the primary breadwinners for their families. What a difference 145 years can make! If the Durants returned to Wellesley today, would they still see a need for gender-focused education? "Absolutely," says Caroline Erisman, head of school at Dana Hall. "Girls' success suggests that we should continue to do more to address gender learning differences rather than less." Erisman cites research that concludes that while boys' and girls' brains are mostly alike, there are some important differences that need to be addressed in their education. This is not as sim- ple as separating boys and girls into different classrooms or schools. This means that teachers must adjust the curriculum, and how curriculum is taught, for gender differences. Often addi- tional adjustments are necessary to address learning differences within a given gender — there Without the distraction of boys, girls can focus more on their academic selves. Is the Durants' Work Done? 102 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 M I N D Y B E S T

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