Cross-training for readers: Cross-dressing

15_8_boysandreading.jpgYoung boys who are allowed to dress up as female characters could become better readers, it has been claimed. The assertion is made in “Boys and Reading,” a report published by the Centre for Language in Primary Education. The report’s joint author, Sue Pidgeon, suggests that boys are poorer readers than girls because their experiences are more limited. While girls are allowed to dress up as male and female characters, boys are discouraged from taking on female roles.

So says a May 7, 1999 BBC report.

(Thanks to investigator Rose Fox for bringing this to our attention.)

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