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Gender and educational achievement.
Initially the government in the 1960s and 70s were worried about girls lack of achievement and
there lack of aspirations, but in the 1990s they began worrying about why the boys had began
underachieving. This created a gender gap of boys failing and girls succeeding.

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Decline in sexism( internal factor)- girls are no longer stereotyped in books and programmes so
there is no negative image for girls to compare to.

Explanations of boys underachievement.
Poorer employment prospects- there has been a decline in manual jobs. This decline decrease
opportunities for the underachieving working class males.…


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