The followup article in today's NY Times demonstrates the paper's left wing bias. Today's article exclusively focuses on the negative reaction to Harvard president Lawrence Summer's remarks. By not including an interview with a single person supporting Lawrence Summers, the NY Times suggests that there is universal condemnation where such is not the case.
Are there innate differences between men and women? Of course! Women are actually superior to men, but just not in math. It's well known among educators that boys and girls do equally well in math until puberty. Obviously something happens in puberty that causes girls to fall behind in that one particular subject.
Boys and girls are also equal in height until puberty, and no one suggests that anything other than biology is causing girls to suddeny stop growing. (But Mother Nature exempted me. I'm taller than half the men in DC. I'm also pretty good at math.)
Meanwhile, it's less often reported that girls do better overall in school than boys do. Unfortunately we can't be superior in all academic subjects, so boys get their one little area in which to shine. It's nothing to get all jealous about.
This, according to Rex Jung, a UNM neuropsychologist and co-author of the study, may help to explain why men tend to excel in tasks requiring more local processing (like mathematics), while women tend to excel at integrating and assimilating information from distributed gray-matter regions in the brain, such as required for language facility.