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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girls feel that they can express themselves more freely and frequently than in coed set- tings. Students appreciate not having to primp for school and feel they are seen for who they are, not for what they look like. Distraction can also take the form of social media. Recognizing that adolescents are exposed to and very involved with social media, Dana Hall collects students' phones in the morning and returns them at the end of the school day. Girls experience what it is like to single-mindedly attend to their classes, teachers, and friends. If the Durants came back to Wellesley today, they would no doubt celebrate the extraordinary achievements of girls and women over the past 145 years. They would likely encourage teachers not to rest on their laurels and to explore how digital technology is having an impact on girls' learning. Surely the Durants would inquire about our boys, "Why are girls and women outper- forming boys and men across every school category from elementary school through graduate school?" No doubt they would remind us in their experience, the way to solve an achievement gap is not by dumb- ing-down, but by more effectively helping students reach their potential. They would encourage us to ensure access to an educa- tion and academic success for girls and women — and now for boys and men — in every school environment, regardless of whether it is single-sex or coed. 105 w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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