Boys left to fail at school because attempts to help them earn wrath of feminists, says ex-Ucas chief – UK

Girls outperform boys in all aspects of education, from primary school to GCSEs and A-level results

Britain’s education system is failing to tackle the “astonishing” underperformance of boys as feminists have made the topic “taboo”, the former head of the university admissions service has warned.

Mary Curnock Cook, who was chief executive of Ucas until last year, said the fact that boys are falling behind in education is a national scandal – yet it is such an “unfashionable” topic to discuss that it has become “normalised”.

Girls outperform boys in all aspects of education, from primary school to GCSEs and A-level results. Last year, 57 per cent of women went to university compared to 43 per cent of men, a gap that has widened significantly over the last decade.

“I just find it unacceptable to think that it’s OK to let boys fall further and further behind in education and allow the gap to get bigger,” Ms Curnock Cook said.

“Boys underachieving in education is becoming pretty normalised – everyone knows it yet no one is doing anything about it.” She said that other disparities in education – such as the gulf between rich and poor children – are narrowing, but the gap between boys and girls is getting wider.

“In about ten years’ time the gap between boys and girls will be worse than rich and poor. That is astonishing really.”

Mary Curnock Cook was chief executive of Ucas until last year
Mary Curnock Cook was chief executive of Ucas until last year

Ms Curnock Cook said that the debate about gender equality tends to be dominated by issues such as the gender pay gap and the glass ceiling.

“But those are work issues, not education issues,” she said. “Quite often initiatives to support men do meet derision from feminists.”

When attempts are made to address men’s issues, they are ridiculed and are met with the “wrath” of feminist and gender equality groups, she said.

 Last month the only university in the UK with a men’s officer scrapped the role after the candidate withdrew due to “harassment”.

James Knight was the only candidate to put his name forward to be men’s officer at the University of the West of England, and said he wanted to highlight male mental health issues.

However, the National Union of Students officers began a campaign against the role, and he pulled out after claiming he was harassed. The university said the post was suspended pending review.

Ms Curnock Cook praised the new higher education regulator for starting to highlight the underrepresentation of white working class boys at university, by listing them as a target group for outreach activities.

“But it’s too late to say ‘you have to admit more poor white boys to university’. The reason why their particular admission rate is lower is because they have fallen behind in education. It starts in the early years and gets worse over time,” she said.

Boys are also more likely to be expelled from school than girls, according to the Department for Education’s most recent figures, with the permanent exclusion rate for boys over three times higher than that for girls.

In the past five years, more than twice as many male university students committed suicide than their female peers, despite there being fewer male students.

Ms Curnock Cook will speak at a conference on Monday convened by the Men and Boys Coalition, a group of over 80 organisations, charities and academics.

The coalition will publish a series of recommendations to tackle the issues faced by men and boys, such as designing extra teaching resources for use in schools, designed specifically for boys.

Another proposal is to launch a nationwide “Take Your Son to University Day” campaign, modelled on the “Take Your Daughter To Work Day” that was launched in the early 1990s as a way to inform girls about career options.

Dan Bell, founder of the Men and Boys Coalition, said he hopes the conference will encourage greater dialogue about these issues.

“People do feel quite cautious about men and boys because it is seen as speaking up on behalf of a privileged class,” he said.

“When rigid gender roles were more enforced, the traditional masculine stereotype was that you just get on with it.  Now we have moved to more awareness of gender issues – but it is mainly problems caused by men rather than the problems they have.”

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‘Deadliest of lies’ we keep swallowing

Joe Hildebrand: ‘Deadliest of lies’ we keep swallowing

It’s a life-and-death issue that receives wide publicity but there is a fundamental fact about it that we keep getting wrong.

news.com.auOctober 27, 201911:37am

The Australian Femicide and Child Death Map plots cases throughout the country.Source:Supplied

OPINION

There are two phases in the 21st century cycle of outrage.

The first is the hysteria, which engorges itself like an ever-expanding balloon filled with helium and horseshit until it explodes and showers everyone with crap.

The second is the truth, which inevitably sinks like a stone.

There have been two salient examples of this in the past two weeks but, for the first time, it offers a quiet hope.

Long-suffering readers will recall a recent piece I wrote questioning precisely what political or policy breakthroughs Greta Thunberg and the climate strikers thought they would achieve with their street marches and angry chants. For those keeping count, the result so far is zero.

Instead the protest morphed into the evermore extreme actions of the Extinction Rebellion activists, who have perhaps done more than any human beings on the planet to turn ordinary people against the global effort to tackle climate change.

Incredibly these numbnuts even physically prevented people from taking trains, despite this being the very form of transport they are constantly urging people to use.

Little wonder that would-be passengers on the London Tube who were saving the planet one ride at a time ended up taking these douchebags down. Little wonder an old white activist who claimed to be progressive ended up being exposed by a young black commuter for shutting down the very rail system she had used to get to her point of protest.


 


Extinction Rebellion protesters call for action on climate change during a rally in Trafalgar Square, London, this month. Picture: AP Photo/Matt Dunham

Extinction Rebellion protesters call for action on climate change during a rally in Trafalgar Square, London, this month. Picture: AP Photo/Matt DunhamSource:AP

And little wonder a political strategist friend of mine who had proudly taken part in the climate strike march, which was a peaceful and non-disruptive affair, later publicly denounced the Extinction Rebellion movement for doing enormous harm to the climate change cause.

As usual, the more extreme the outrage, the more wrong it turns out to be.

The other watershed moment that sank to the bottom of the sea was a landmark study by the Australian Institute of Criminology that examined 39 quantitative studies of domestic violence over the past decade or so, entitled simply “Domestic violence offenders, prior offending and reoffending in Australia”.

Astonishingly, given the amount of publicity and so-called “research” this life or death issue has received in recent years, the study noted in its opening statement: “To our knowledge, there has been no attempt to develop a comprehensive understanding of what characterises domestic violence offenders and offending across Australia.”

Joe Hildebrand: ‘Deadliest of lies’ we keep swallowing
It’s a life-and-death issue that receives wide publicity but there is a fundamental fact about it that we keep getting wrong.

Joe Hildebrand@Joe_Hildebrand

 

OPINION
There are two phases in the 21st century cycle of outrage.
The first is the hysteria, which engorges itself like an ever-expanding balloon filled with helium and horseshit until it explodes and showers everyone with crap.
The second is the truth, which inevitably sinks like a stone.
There have been two salient examples of this in the past two weeks but, for the first time, it offers a quiet hope.
Long-suffering readers will recall a recent piece I wrote questioning precisely what political or policy breakthroughs Greta Thunberg and the climate strikers thought they would achieve with their street marches and angry chants. For those keeping count, the result so far is zero.
Instead the protest morphed into the evermore extreme actions of the Extinction Rebellion activists, who have perhaps done more than any human beings on the planet to turn ordinary people against the global effort to tackle climate change.
Incredibly these numbnuts even physically prevented people from taking trains, despite this being the very form of transport they are constantly urging people to use.
Little wonder that would-be passengers on the London Tube who were saving the planet one ride at a time ended up taking these douchebags down. Little wonder an old white activist who claimed to be progressive ended up being exposed by a young black commuter for shutting down the very rail system she had used to get to her point of protest.

Extinction Rebellion protesters call for action on climate change during a rally in Trafalgar Square, London, this month. Picture: AP Photo/Matt DunhamSource:AP
And little wonder a political strategist friend of mine who had proudly taken part in the climate strike march, which was a peaceful and non-disruptive affair, later publicly denounced the Extinction Rebellion movement for doing enormous harm to the climate change cause.
As usual, the more extreme the outrage, the more wrong it turns out to be.

The other watershed moment that sank to the bottom of the sea was a landmark study by the Australian Institute of Criminology that examined 39 quantitative studies of domestic violence over the past decade or so, entitled simply “Domestic violence offenders, prior offending and reoffending in Australia”.
Astonishingly, given the amount of publicity and so-called “research” this life or death issue has received in recent years, the study noted in its opening statement: “To our knowledge, there has been no attempt to develop a comprehensive understanding of what characterises domestic violence offenders and offending across Australia.”

In an effort to actually tackle this problem, it combed through almost 3000 records and more than 300 papers from almost every conceivable agency and source, painstakingly eliminating those that were not scientifically sound, such as sources more than 30 years old, those not from Australia and those based on non-hard data, such as focus groups and interviews.
The evidence from this comprehensive, fact-based and tragically unprecedented analysis was clear and overwhelming. There was a massive concentration of domestic violence in disadvantaged and indigenous communities and that alcohol was also a driving factor.
Perhaps most significantly, despite the prevailing narrative that domestic violence is a simple male versus female issue, it found that in fact it was a tiny minority of men who were responsible for a vastly disproportionate amount of abuse.
“There is growing recognition that domestic violence offending is concentrated among a relatively small group of offenders or couples,” the AIC found.
One 2016 study it cited “found that a very small minority of repeat offenders (2 per cent) were responsible for half of all harm (50 per cent)” and another 2017 Northern Territory study “found that eight per cent of couples accounted for 27 per cent of the harm associated with domestic violence”.
The conclusion was unequivocal: “First, a very large proportion of offenders involved in domestic violence incidents attended by police, and who then move through the justice system, are recidivist offenders.”
Moreover, these were concentrated in the poorest and most long-suffering communities, as the AIC found and stated again and again.
“The likelihood of domestic violence reoffending appears to be higher in more socio-economically disadvantaged communities,” the report said.
And again: “Those in highly disadvantaged areas were also at a greater risk of violent domestic violence reoffending compared with those in the areas of least disadvantage.”
And once more: “Perpetrators of physical violence were found to have higher levels of unemployment (a 2007 study) and were more likely to be from more disadvantaged areas (another study from 2016).”
It literally could not be clearer.
And yet only four of the 39 studies the AIC analysed even looked at the socio-economic status of offenders — compared to 21 that focused on gender. Apparently most of the academic research over the past decade is either oblivious or wilfully blind to the most critical factor in this scourge.
By contrast, I and precious few others have been crazybrave enough to publicly draw attention to the fact that poorest communities are hardest hit by domestic violence. And it is a matter of public record that whenever I have said or written precisely what the evidence shows I have been summarily crucified by self-proclaimed progressives, including suggestions that I am a closet abuser myself, that I should be bashed or defiled and veiled threats from activists saying they knew where I lived or went to the supermarket.

Meanwhile these same so-called progressives are happy to consign poor and indigenous women to their deaths in their darkly narcissistic campaign to argue that they are no more at risk than upper-middle class professionals because it is simply men that are the problem, not broken communities. This is the deadliest of lies.
As a result you won’t see or hear these progressive gender warriors championing the findings of this most comprehensive and belatedly groundbreaking study, because they know they are condemned by the truth.
If they had any decency they would hang their heads in shame for abandoning the most vulnerable women in our society for the sake of a few retweets and an undergraduate ideological war. But the fact is they have no decency, nor any shame.
Still, I promised a happy story and so it is. Because, as the outrage subsides and the evidence rolls in, it will become evermore clear that the social media arbiters of social justice are mindless hypocrites far more obsessed with their own pontification than the real problems besetting society — not to mention wholly unaware of what those problems even are.
And as the outrage is constantly disproved and defrocked, not only does the emperor have no clothes but the emperor has been stripsearched at Splendour and found to be carrying not so much as a disco biscuit up the jexy.
The truth will out, the truth will prevail, and the truth will put the horseshit in the pail.
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au In an emergency, call 000
Joe Hildebrand co-hosts Studio 10, 8.30am weekdays, on Network Ten | @Joe_Hildebrand

 

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