Why Do Boys Underachieve

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Within this essay, I will explain the different factors that affect males within their education, which may explain the reasons as to why they are more likely to underachieve within the schooling environment compared to girls.

Overtime, there has been evidence that teachers have become more tolerant of boys missing work deadlines as well as becoming livelier in lessons. Boys also tend to be more disruptive and loud, meaning that the consequences of their behaviour results in being excluded from school, therefore, this is evidence that suggests that boys are excluded more than girls. Within the recent years, there are some theories that teaching is a feminine profession, so some schools may lack any “male role models”. Therefore,... View More »

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The "Lads" and their peers all contribute to their overall failure in the education system. This will be due to the concept that many boys like to show off with one another, and within the schooling period, it is more likely that some boys would want to become more popular than others.Therefore, this reflects the idea that dominance is around even within the early stages of a boys development and this could lead to status frustration. Status frustration can be defined as “A feeling of frustration experienced by individuals when they are denied the opportunity of attaining social status.” This can be noticed within the education system a lot. A boy may feel the need to act through the use of negative behavior out to gain power and status towards his friends, therefore suggesting that boys do influence each other. (www.historylearningsite.co.uk)

In the 1960's -70s there were concerns about girls underachieving in the education system. Girls were taking lower status subjects such as cooking, textiles and reading. They were less likely to go to university than boys who were taking maths, physics and chemistry. However, concerns changed in the 90s when boys began to fail within these subjects and girls were succeeding. But can we really argue that is this fair analysis? Are boys really failing or are girls just succeeding at a faster rate? (www.historylearningsite.co.uk)

In 1989, 28% of boys achieved 5 or more A*- C at GCSE compared to 31% of girls. By 1996, both groups had got better however girls had a 9% better percentage than boys. ...

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