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Sam Pollak

May 24, 2008

Gender war has winner in schools

A psychology professor named J. Philippe Rushton did a study in 2006 in which he came to the conclusion that men, by virtue of having larger brains, are smarter than women.

It's important to note that in none of the biographical material I've researched about Professor Rushton is there any reference to him being married.

That makes perfect sense, because if the guy had a wife, he'd never spout such nonsense ... even if he believed it.

As someone whose mother, wife and three daughters are all far smarter than I am, I can only look at Mr. Rushton with something akin to awe.

Not that I'm intimidated by the women in my family. No, certainly not.

What in the world were you thinking, J. Philippe, old boy? Are you out of your research-pickin' mind, or just the bravest man in the world?

What got me thinking about the whole "are women smarter" question was The Daily Star's recent "Scholar Recognition Program" publication.

The program, in cooperation with the Otsego County Chamber, recognizes outstanding scholastic achievement, leadership and community service by area high school seniors. Every high school in the Otsego, Delaware and Chenango county area was invited to select a senior who best exemplifies those attributes.

So, we're dealing with the crème de la crème, the smartest of the smart, the best of the best students to come out of our area's high school senior classes.

And y'know what? Eight of them are boys ... and 33 are girls.

Zounds!

I'll have you know I'm not a man to say "zounds!" lightly. We men tend to be proud and competitive, and this was a grave blow to our side. I mean, 33 to 8!

Could it be that women _ finally given something akin to a level playing field _ are proving that they are the superior gender?

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