The issue highlighted by Prof Flynn warrants serious
consideration. Sometimes answers are in front of your face,
but no-one wishes to acknowledge them.
It is a good and necessary thing that females now have
opportunities that were denied them for so long. But what we
have now is not a level playing field.
Education has become, essentially feminised. It no longer
supports males adequately. Primary school teachers are almost
exclusively female. There are almost no male role models at
this crucial stage of male development, a fact that can be
compounded by the absence of males in many households.
In secondary schools methods of teaching and assessment are
female-orientated. Progressive assessment does not generally
accord with the way males think and learn. Added to this,
there is a majority of female teachers at secondary leveland,
in any event, teachers are prohibited from even raising their
voices to students, much less imposing any corporal
punishment. This is inconsistent with the way boys' minds
work. Boys need immediate and strong responses administered
with genuine concern for their welfare.
Girls mature faster than boys until at least their mid-20s.
Imposing the same learning system on males and females tilts
the system towards females. Having single-sex schools does
not resolve this concern although it goes part of the way.
Having an education system biased against males is no fairer
than an education system that fails to accommodate disabled
children. A bias is a bias, wherever it occurs.
Unfortunately, in the case of boys, it prejudices 50% of the
The effects of this bias are now reflected in the
preponderance of females at university and in polytechs. The
consequences of this bias will have further adverse effects
over time with alienation of large groups of males a real