Focus on girls’ exam success masks deeper concerns

Ireland“Recently, while attempting to get rid of some books before the floors collapse from the weight, I came across Girls Don’t Do Honours, edited by Mary Cullen. It was published only 22 years ago. That may qualify as pre-history to anyone who actually sat the Leaving Cert this year, but it is an astonishingly short time to the rest of us, given that girls now not only do honours, but regularly outshine boys in academic results. As a 2007 Department of Education and Science report, Sé Sí – Gender in Irish Education, points out, girls have been outscoring boys in English and Irish since the 1930s …” (more)

[Breda O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 August]

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