Dear Parents & Carers
One of the current challenges in education is boys’ achievement; it lags behind girls’ by quite a margin, particularly in subjects with extended writing. There are several pieces of research showing this has always been the case, but the effects have been masked by the established sexism which historically exists in education and the world of work. However, right now, these gender gaps are there for all to see. Like all educational gaps, there are many exceptions to the rule but the data doesn’t lie.
In very general terms, we boys are lazy, especially when it comes to written work. Our writing can be sloppy and our pens don’t write as fast as our brains work. While we are writing one line, our minds are three lines further on, therefore our writing can lack detail, spelling mistakes can be missed, and grammar and punctuation can go wrong. Because we don’t like writing, we do as little as possible. It isn’t that we don’t have ideas, it’s just that we don’t like writing them down. (It’s worth taking a moment to note that the education system is entirely reliant on handwriting whereas our working world is all typed. When was the last time you hand wrote a paragraph?) (more…)