Education is one of a number of professions now dominated by women – almost two-thirds of secondary school teachers are women – and the result has been predictably harmful to boys.
In our election manifesto on pp15-17 we cover the issue of education. A number of studies have shown female teachers give higher marks to girls than boys for the same quality of work, and we thank Ian for pointing us to a new OECD report on education in more than 60 countries which confirms it. The government won’t take the slightest notice, of course.
Feminists often whine about the academic achievement gap between girls and boys – around three out of five university students are women – and compare it with the small proportion of women at the top of major companies, in politics etc. It’s as if after getting a university degree, there should be automatic entitlement to a FTSE100 board position or a parliamentary career. So some remarks towards the end of the article about the OECD report are perceptive:
Teachers are said to reward “organisational skills, good behaviour and compliance” rather than objectively marking pupils’ work.
The findings suggested that teachers needed to be aware of “gender bias”.
It also raised questions about whether this really benefited girls.
“Is it a good thing? Maybe in the short run, you get a better school certificate,” said the OECD’s education director, Andreas Schleicher.
“In the long run, the world is going to penalise you because the labour market doesn’t pay you for your school marks, it pays you for what you can do.”