Yesterday’s Irish Independent

Kathy D’Arcy tweetz:

NO. When boys outperform girls it has generally been seen as just the normal way of things, and whenever girls outperform boys media use words like ‘fear.’

Leaving Cert 2019: Fears weaker boys may be left behind as girls top class (Irish Independent)

28 thoughts on “Project Fear

    1. Captain Pants

      They do on average yes, except that the wierdo supergeniuses and the total washouts at either end are more likely to be boys.

  1. Joe Small

    The State is investing significantly on getting girls into STEM subjects, on the basis on improving equality in that area.
    Similarly, if girls consistently outperform boys in certain areas, shouldn’t resources also be devoted to improving boys’ performances there?

    Similarly, where is the push to have more male teachers? In DEIS schools in particular, male teachers make great role models for kids in single parent households, but no effort is being made to attract more guys into teaching. Why not?

    1. Rob_G


      I find it strange that the author seems to think that the real enemies of feminism are academically-weak teenage boys :/

  2. Clampers Outside

    No Kathy, the boys are in fact underperforming.

    And no Kathy, there are and have been continuous supports for girls to get better education while the boys have been ignored.

    All this is saying is that it is time to give supports for boys on a level similar to girls.

    Calls for such supports are due to boys being left behind in several western countries from UK/Ireland to Australia and the US.

    Look it up, and go beyond the anecdotes.

  3. Termagant

    In any sector in which boys outperform girls there’s been a major push to bring about gender equilibrium

    Whether girls want it or not

  4. Fade Street Intellectual

    In fairness, weak boys have the Young Fine Gael leadership positions to fall back on.

  5. f_lawless

    I guess you could make two different cases regarding who is being victimised by the media here:
    the girls, because being seen to outperform the boys is portrayed as something amiss, or the boys, who are stigmatised as being ‘weak’ because they are not living up to the supposed expectations of society.

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