The latest outstanding piece from William Collins. We agree fully with his analysis.
The report has not gone down well with the National Union of Students (NUS), though. [Normally a reliable sign of a report’s quality, obviously.] Sorana Vieru, NUS vice president of higher education, said it takes a “complex and nuanced issue and turns it into a ‘battle of the sexes’.”
She added: “It obscures the socio-economic issues that impact young working class men’s progression after school into education and employment.
“The report bizarrely positions women teachers as the reason young men don’t do as well as young women in school, when there is no evidence of this.
“The report also relies on quotes from discredited sources such as Mike Buchanan, leader of the Justice for Men and Boys (and the women who love them) Party.”
Sorana Vieru is mistaken. The report doesn’t contain even one quote from me, nor from anyone associated with J4MB. It contains an extract from a Department for Education response to our FOI request to Nicky Morgan, Education Secretary, Minister for Women & Equalities (reference #62). William Collins’s piece links to that FOI request, and the DfE response.
That minor detail aside, I’m delighted that Ms Vieru described me as a ‘discredited source’. Had she said anything complimentary about me, I’d have been livid, and demanded a public apology.