I told myself I’d never do a post on pathetic publicity groupie Michael Laws, so here I am failing to live up to yet another resolution. Sigh. But really, this can’t pass without comment:
Boys are failing, and feminism is at fault
One of the great triumphs of feminism is education. It is a profession now completely dominated by women and by feminine thinking. Early childhood education and primary schooling are dominated by women nine out of 10 teachers are female. It is also a profession that aims to imbue political correctness schooling being the method by which this social imperialism is imparted. I have no difficulty with education providing alternative views, but there is something dangerously monocultural about education today: one world view that dare not be challenged.
Consequently the latest research by the Ministry of Education on university bachelors’ degrees should not surprise. Almost two-thirds of undergraduate degrees are gained by women. Even in traditional specialist fields like law, medicine, accounting and planning, the majority of graduates are women. And that trend is increasing.
It used to be the conventional wisdom that girls developed earlier in education but then that boys caught up. That is no longer true. Boys are not catching up and the gap is getting greater. Boys are failing, and then failing some more. They are having opportunity stripped away every day. … But these criticisms aside, boys should still be doing better. Something is seriously wrong when the gender achievement gap accentuates with age, rather than diminishes.
But the issue remains. The Ministry of Education accepts boys are backward with regard to reading and writing and girls stay at school longer. But that’s it no new policy or funding. At Year 6, twice as many boys as girls will be in reading recovery something of a joke these days because it is so chronically under-resourced. Education Minister Anne Tolley drew the ire of teaching unions last month for directing that any new education funding needs to go into the basics reading, writing and maths. She might have gone further and also redirected non-basic streams especially at boys. But it’s a start. In the meantime, parents will still expect their children irrespective of gender to be getting a good, basic education in the nation’s state schools. Certainly, their daughters will. Too bad about their sons.
There’s a serious issue in there of course, and it should be explored by both educational experts and in the broader context of other societal changes and issues. But Laws does this process more harm than good by casting it as the fault of “feminism” (what is “feminine thinking” exactly?). In this piece Laws has simply clouded the issue with his own prejudice and insecurity.