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Will Cattrell Crisis of Masculinity The differences in achievement between Males and Females This report is to attempt to understand why boys achieve statistically lower results in examinations than girls in every facet of educational levels. Before 1985 British males regularly achieved the necessary qualifications to get into university were as the girls did not seem to achieve so greatly. This is probably due to a very male dominated curriculum, however, over the past twenty years, this roles have reversed drastically. Boys now struggle to gain the required results whereas girls are now consistently achieving the higher grades at all key stages. This is possibly due to social change and problems inherent in the system such as unemployment (skilled and unskilled trades are not as abundant), single parent families (the absence of male role models could be key in male behaviour), drugs and crime seem to draw young males into this vicious circle compared to females; also laddish subcultures, peer pressure, yielding to the rebellious, portraying themselves as 'cool' to their piers. Why do British boys consistently underachieve academically in contrast to British girls in all subjects in education? ...read more.


Although many children enjoy laughing, joking and messing around within the classroom, it is boys who are a lot more likely to continue to go beyond a certain stage of what's considered unacceptable and find themselves in detention. According to DfES 2006. The number of boys kept in detention outnumber girls by 4 to 1 and 83% of all exclusions are boys. As we can see excelling is not seen by males as 'cool' and is liable to lead to bulling, Francis 2001 discovered that "working class boys tend to reject schoolwork to avoid being referred to as 'gay', also popular young male opinion suggests that working class males feel that 'real men do real work' and with a mind to under-achieve these boys will turn to other activities to fuel their procrastination. The internet and computer games are perfect examples of these modern pastimes. Generally it is found that girls, on average, mange to be more motivated, organised, willing to do their homework, care about their studies (achieving deadlines and handing in well presented, well thought out work). Girls are also found to pursue extracurricular activities; self investment seems to be something that girls seek over boys who again find them not trying for fear of the opinions of others. ...read more.


It is said that a healthy home life transcends to a productive education. However a negative male role model can also be detrimental to the future ambitions, for example; the generation gap for certain people affect their views on males finding and unlocking their inner selves, their feminine sides and the desire for self discovery. The British journal the New Scientist found that the configuration of a family has no impact on the educational welfare of the child, contrary to theories that single parented children are prone to rebellious behaviour and academic failure. Modern male pastimes include gaming and the internet, these take up vast amounts of time, leading to fatigue and short attention spans. More productive pursuits like homework and sports get left out leading to a lack of continuity and discipline. With the before mentioned changes in education and society are factually true and are possible contributors to the decline in male achievement. Its is probably more likely that females are striving to better themselves in a rapidly changing world, and that males largely don't know what they want to do, so they stand at the crossroads of indecision watching the girls in the forging of careers for themselves. Sources http://www.successtelevision.com/index.php/Relationship/Parenting/Children-s-Success-in-Single-Parent-Households.html plus Classroom handouts. ...read more.

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