And the answer is…..

It is a question that has stumped teachers and education policy makers for decades. Why do boys not achieve so well at school as girls? Is it because there are too many female teachers and hence there are no role models for boys? Is it because the content, or the way the courses are structured disadvantage boys? Is it because the grade system doesn’t motivate boys? It was precisely this question that I put to a Sociology class. I asked them to devise a strategy for engaging boys in the classroom and thus increase their achievement. I was really interested in what the boys in the classroom had to say. The answer…….reward good work with pornography and FIFA 13 and boys will work harder. The girls in the class did not look particularly impressed. And so they shouldn’t, our education system is structured around in-depth answers (which favour girls). I have to admit I was looking for slightly more than this kind of answer. However, maybe Gove will implement it!

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~ by envisioningutopia on March 28, 2013.

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