The “gender gap” that is found in educational attainment is a very complex issue. The number of factors that influence why any given person does what they do are enormous, and to try and definitively prove causality in a topic as complex as this would be extremely hard.
But try we must. The fact of the matter is that internal statistics collected by Statistics Finland all show objectively the size and scope of the problem. The issue is not so much the fact that there needs to be an equal outcome for all people, it is not necessary to have an even 50/50 division between the genders for graduates of secondary or tertiary education. Rather, the issue stems from the fact that having as large of gap as there is points to a symptom of some other underlying issue. There exists no basis in science to claim that the differences could be biological or physiological. Males and females have the same general intelligence, and socioeconomic difficulties care not for gender. As we saw in studies three and four, young students do not yet have this division between the genders saying that girls are better at languages and boys are better at mathematics.
This difference seems to be introduced at early primary education, and the differences grow as the students advance in their formal schooling.
Because of all of this, there still exists an enormous gap between the genders as far as educational outcomes are concerned. It is of enormous importance to our society and educational systems to understand why this situation exists. While this thesis has covered some of the possible reasons, none of the studies found even through this specific of a review were precisely about the overall gender gap.The issue seems to be begging for a study to determine the causal factors that influence educational attainment, and why it is that males are falling behind in such a dramatic way.
Works Cited: Eero Syrja