Education Is Failing Boys In The UK

Building on a trend that began more than a decade ago, girls are outperforming boys at every level in education. They get more and better GCSEs and A-levels, win more places at top universities and gain better degrees

Daily Mail Online Excerpt

As the father of a son and a daughter, I have a special interest in how the sexes are educated in our schools. Somewhere down the line girls are coping better than boys at school. Boys are labelled as disruptive largely by female teachers who simply don’t have an understanding of the male psyche. It is universally known that boys develop slower than girls and tend to lean more towards outdoor activities, one of the reasons why boys tend to get on better with the PE teacher. ¬†Does it make any sense, knowing this to put boys under the same pressure to learn at the same pace as girls?

Girls are very well supported in the classroom while boys though having access to the same level of support, are unlikely to utilize it in the same fashion as girls especially when that support comes from the dreaded female teacher. So what’s the answer?

Steve Biddulph famous author and activist, who has written several bestsellers on the subject of boyhood and manhood highlights the problem as a global one. The absence of strong male figures in the classroom has led to boys being feminized. The Telegraph claims that one in five teachers is a man in primary school. There is an argument that abuse towards children is still associated with male figures. There have been several high profile cases in the past that have involved males in classrooms accused of inappropriate behavior. It is possible that most men prefer a peaceful life, so would likely not want to be associated with small children in a society that is obsessed with child safety.

All said and done, it is evident that this exclusion of older male influence in schools is having a direct impact on the performance of boys in school. If we continue to ignore this trend, boys will soon be unable to function effectively in the workforce and the myriad of social issues like domestic violence, fatherless children will only continue to intensify. The number of divorces from the 1930’s has risen at the same time the number of marriages has declined according to the Office for National Statistics. These kind of statistics highlight the gulf between the sexes. Women think most men are childish and selfish, most men think women only care about money and their kids yet 59% of women in the UK would choose marriage over career. So there is still hope. If society is going to produce men who are respected it starts in the classroom.