May 10th 2008


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COVER STORY: Labor abandons small business

EDITORIAL: Overhaul Australia's quarantine system!

HOUSING: How to make the Australian dream come true

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Daunting challenges for Swan's first Budget

AGRICULTURE: Behind the world's food shortage

NATIONAL SECURITY: Is it ever too early to foil a terrorist plot?

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Dial an anti-climax / Carrying a torch for China / Economic gobbledegook / Adolescent roulette... and culture shock / Zimbabwe

CHINA: Beijing spying apparatus gears up for Olympics

HIGHER EDUCATION: The high cost of free love

POPULATION: Russian life expectancy worse than Bangladesh's

MEDIA: ABC program's Castro whitewash

Point overlooked (letter)

Competition policy review (letter)

China's jackboot diplomacy (letter)

No voice for unborn at Rudd summit (letter)

Our next Governor-General (letter)

It's time to help boys (letter)

BOOKS: RISING '44: The Battle for Warsaw, by Norman Davies.

BOOKS: SILENT MOVIES: The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Culture, by Peter Kobel

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It's time to help boys (letter)


by Alan Barron

News Weekly, May 10, 2008
Sir,

Girls now are outperforming boys by a wide margin, according to a recent report ("Girls top 'A' gender", Herald Sun, Melbourne, April 4, 2008).

Boys are being left behind in terms of education outcomes. The great tragedy is that nobody seems to care or is unduly alarmed. All we seem to get is how smart girls are - too bad about the boys.

No one is asking the logical question: "Why are boys performing so badly?" That females should top the lists, comes as no surprise really. After three decades of programs targeting improving girls educational performance, boys have been slowly marginalised and their learning requirements given lower priority.

If we are going to be concerned about a gender in the battle of the sexes, then it should now be boys (and men) - based on present-day statistical and social realities.

Alan Barron,
Convenor, Memucan Institute,
Grovedale, Vic.




























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