They said...we say...

17th August 2007 at 01:00
They said...

Boys' problems have gone unrecognised for so long

Charlotte Leslie, Bow Group officer

We say...

THE CONSERVATIVE think-tank seems to be under the impression it alone has uncovered the "shocking truth" that boys have not been doing as well as girls at school.

Perhaps members have not noticed the acres of newsprint over the past decade bemoaning boys' exam results. Or the many reports, teacher-led initiatives and Government-backed projects, such as the recent scheme to introduce more boy friendly books to schools.

Of course, it remains shocking that white working-class boys do worse at GCSE than any other group apart from Traveller children. The Bow Group is to be applauded for adding to the debate about boys' achievement, which it should note is an international matter, not just a challenge for the UK. But it should not claim that "recognition of the problem is a good place to start". Most schools recognised it and started trying to tackle it a long time ago.

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