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Why Do Boys Underachieve

I was listening to the news this morning and they were discussing the entrance of males and females to University. They stated 35% of females were going to University and this was expected to rise to 75%. They stated however that far less boys were going to University. They said that white males from deprived backgrounds (the cohort in my enquiry) were the least likely to attain at school and that the current curriculum was not meeting their needs. They were describing the gender gap which is the focus of my enquiry and which is exemplified in dance where there is already a significant gender gap between the number of males and females.

I will listen again to the news report on BBC Iplayer to tidy the details but it shows the current nature and significance of my enquiry. It shows that the issue I am experiencing in my classes is not just in my school or local area but is representative of both Scotland and England. There is a clear need for change and this may be to redefine the teaching strategies used to allow underachieving students to access the curriculum or to alter teaching styles to accommodate a different style of learner. I consider both of these in my enquiry.

“tragic waste of talent” Dr Lee Elliot Major.

“It is a scandal that over a third of boys from low income backgrounds who achieve so highly at the end of primary school are not among the highest school achievers at age 16,”

‘ Boys Adrift Audiobook | Leonard Sax
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‘Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere twenty years ago. Fully one-third of men ages twenty-two to thirty-four are still living at home with their parents, about a 100 percent increase in the past twenty years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college. Parents, teachers, and mental-health professionals have voiced concern, but no one has come up with good reasons for their decline or, more importantly, with workable solutions to reverse this troubling trend—until now. A combination of social, cultural, and biological factors, ranging from environmental estrogens to the over-prescription of ADHD drugs, is creating an environment that is literally toxic to boys. We need practical solutions, from new ways of controlling boys’ use of video games to innovative education reforms.



Under performance of males (2015) (1998)  (2014)     (2009)   (2007)

Under performance in deprived areas                    (2016)

Decline in science uptake (2006)

Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men, by Leonard Sax

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