Boys' talent at maths overlooked in favour of verbal skills claims Mensa

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Meanwhile, Mensa, the high IQ society, claimed this week that budding Einsteins were being labelled dunces because schools put too much emphasis on boys' verbal skills rather than their talent in maths.

It conducted experiments at Horsenden Lane North primary in Greenford, Middlesex, into the differences in boys' and girls' thinking. John Williams, supervisory psychologist of British Mensa, said the tests showed boys have superior spatial thinking - an important element in maths and science. "However, males with this instinctual ability can lack social intelligence and as a result are considered dim," he said.

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