Gender divide

13th July 2007 at 01:00
Why can't we celebrate the improving progress of girls in education instead of spending all our time trying to find excuses for boys' underachievement (for instance, the preponderance of women teachers, a "feminised" curriculum and so on)?

A potent factor in success at school is known to be the educational level of mothers. The better education for women and girls that feminists fought for, against great opposition, is bearing fruit and thank goodness girls are getting the message.

They are no longer brainwashed into believing females are biologically incapable of being educated. Nor do they have to put up with the watered-down curricula

once thought suitable for girls. There is a lesson here for government and the male members of the population in general.

Ruth Fawcett



Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today