Anorak | The War On Boys: Essex School Uses Golf To Stop Boys Behaving Like Defective Girls

The War On Boys: Essex School Uses Golf To Stop Boys Behaving Like Defective Girls

by | 20th, December 2013

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CHASE High School  in Westcliff, Essex, is offering students ‘man days’. An Ofsted inspection found achievement among male students was “inadequate”. Victoria Overy, head teacher, says this is down to male students lacking a “positive male role model at home”.  This lack of manliness has created a “barrier” to the boys’ learning. So. There are to be “man days”. These will teach the feckless lads how to be manly. They will taught things like get this –  “asking girls out and fine dining etiquette “. It’s the kind of useful stuff that will help them get cracking scores in their GCSEs and impress the female teachers.

Anorak wonders if the boy will also be taught how to ask other boys out, should they be gay?

Other manly pursuits include a game of golf, a visit to a military assault course and shaving advice.

But don’t women play golf, shave and work in the military? Why are they uniquely manly things?

The BBC adds:

“This is for everybody, but we have got our target group of lads who really need to be choosing a different path from their fathers or brothers,” said Mrs Overy. “I want them to leave here with a strong set of academic results in their hand and the social skills to go anywhere.” The head teacher said the “desensitising” impact of violent computer games and easy access to pornography had “skewed” some pupils’ ideas about happy, fulfilling relationships.

What utter balls. The adults’ fears are being placed upon the child’s shoulders. There is no proof that violent video games undermine boy’s sense of self-worth, and no link between watching  porn and failed relationships has been proven. Do women and girls watch porn and enjoy it? Do girls like violent video games? Mrs Overy is seeking to ban and curtail the things boys enjoy. Why? What happened to boys being boys? This woman wants boys to be like girl like her want them to be: compliant.

One question should be: what do we want from boys?

The other question should be: why are schools failing them?

Maybe we need more male teachers, especially at primary school level, where any young man seeking a career among young minds is viewed with suspicion or put off?

Conducted by professors Amine Ouazad and Lionel Page, for the London School of Economic’s Centre for Economic Performance, the report said:

“Male students tend to bet less [money] when assessed by a female teacher than by an external examiner or by a male teacher. This is consistent with female teachers’ grading practices; female teachers give lower grades to male students.

“Female students bet more when assessed by a male teacher than when assessed by an external examiner or a female teacher. Female students’ behavior is not consistent with male teachers’ grading practices, since male teachers tend to reward male students more than female students.”

More men are needed.  William Gormley looks at the situation isn the USA:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 2% of pre-K and kindergarten teachers and 18% of elementary and middle-school teachers are men. The situation is more balanced, but not evenly balanced, in secondary school, where 42% of teachers are men

In the UK:

The University of Strathclyde study reveals some of the anxieties that bubble beneath the surface for men in primaries; some well recognised, others more surprising. They range from nervousness about public perceptions that male child abusers gravitate to schools, to discomfiture at being “mothered” by female colleagues.


The work echoes a major piece of research published in 2005, The Gender Balance of the Teaching Workforce in Scotland: What’s the Problem?

It said the proportion of men in Scotland’s teaching workforce had fallen from about a third in 1994 to about a quarter in 2004 (February 2013 GTCS figures put it at about 22 per cent), but that decline was largely attributed to changes in secondaries.

Teaching was increasingly seen as a woman’s job demanding “soft” qualities, found University of Edinburgh researchers. Men wanting to work with young children felt that a growing emphasis on child protection meant they might be viewed with suspicion.

Gender stereotyping appeared to be a factor in the growing feminisation of the teaching workforce. Teaching had yet to re-establish itself as a high- status profession and men still saw themselves as the family breadwinner, with the associated need for a high salary; men dominated promoted posts.

The study said: “Men entering primary education training had to be particularly determined, since questions might be asked about their sexuality, they might be discouraged by family and friends, and the almost exclusively female training programme and staffroom might be off- putting.”

Kay Hymowitz writes in Family breakdown disproportionately harms young males—and they’re falling further behind:

The claim that family breakdown has had an especially harsh impact on boys, and therefore men, has considerable psychological and biological research behind it. Anyone interested in the plight of poor and working-class men—and, more broadly, mobility and the American dream—should keep it front and center in public debate.

In fact, signs that the nuclear-family meltdown of the past half-century has been particularly toxic to boys’ well-being are not new. By the 1970s and eighties, family researchers following the children of the divorce revolution noticed that, while both girls and boys showed distress when their parents split up, they had different ways of showing it. Girls tended to “internalize” their unhappiness: they became depressed and anxious, and many cut themselves, or got into drugs or alcohol. Boys, on the other hand, “externalized” or “acted out”: they became more impulsive, aggressive, and “antisocial.” Both reactions were worrisome, but boys’ behavior had the disadvantage of annoying and even frightening classmates, teachers, and neighbors. Boys from broken homes were more likely than their peers to get suspended and arrested. Girls’ unhappiness also seemed to ease within a year or two after their parents’ divorce; boys’ didn’t.

Since then, externalizing by

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