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When you have a boy and a girl, you can't help but notice gender differences.

While attending the Victoria Independent School District's academic awards ceremony recently, I found myself counting the number of elementary-age boys being honored vs. the number of girls. I wondered how it could be that three times as many girls were honored as boys. At several schools, all of the top students were girls. Are the boys that dumb?

By middle school and high school, the ratio was closer to 50-50. Various national studies and new stories have examined this question in recent years. Do you think a local story would be appropriate? If so, would you be willing to share your experiences?

Here are a couple of national stories that caught my eye:

- The New Gender Gap.

- Schoolboy's bias suit.

On the flip side, here' a story that suggests teachers favor boys:

- Co-ed classrooms favor boys.

What do you think? Along with commenting here, please e-mail or call me if you'd like to be quoted in a story on the subject.

On a lighter note, I noticed at the same awards assembly that two honored Crain Middle School students were named Howell. However, no Howell Middle School students were named Crain.