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May 3, 2018 / C H Thompson

Why do boys underachieve


  • boys are generally more disruptive in class than girls
  • boys appear to gain ‘street cred’ by not working hard
  • decline in traditional male jobs
  • teachers tend to have lower expectations of boys
  • lack of male role models in schools
  • laddish subcultures
  • identity crisis in men – uncertain future removes purpose in achieving
  • boys do not like reading as it has become feminised
  • boys tend to overestimate their ability
  • feminisation of assessment – coursework rather than competitive exams
  • feminisation of academic success

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