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Boys and underachievement

Possible factors include external factors (outside the education system), such as boy's poor literacy's
skills and the decline of traditional `men's' jobs

Internal factors (inside the education system) such as the feminisation of education, and the
shortage, of male primary teachers and laddish subcultures.

Boys and literacy…

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Men make up 16% of primary school teachers.

39% of 8-11 year old boys have no lessons with a male teacher.

42% of boys surveyed said that having a male teacher made them behave better and work harder.

Latter research contradicts this. e.g. Becky Francis [2006] found 2/3 of 7-8…


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