A culture of low expectations around boys has been blamed for their low performance.
But now a new study has revealed naughty girls are actually more likely to get away with misbehaving in the classroom as it has less of an impact on their performance.
The research, by Brown University, found that behavioural problems at four or five years of age are more likely to have a long term impact on the exams results of boys than girls.
Researchers found that young boys with the same behaviour problems as girls tend to complete fewer years of schooling. Read more
Forget smart uniforms and small classes. The secret to stellar grades and thriving students is teachers. One American study found that in a single year’s teaching the top 10% of teachers impart three times as much learning to their pupils as the worst 10% do. Another suggests that, if black pupils were taught by the best quarter of teachers, the gap between their achievement and that of white pupils would disappear.
But efforts to ensure that every teacher can teach are hobbled by the tenacious myth that good teachers are born, not made. Classroom heroes like Robin Williams in “Dead Poets Society” or Michelle Pfeiffer in “Dangerous Minds” are endowed with exceptional, innate inspirational powers. Government policies, which often start from the same assumption, seek to raise teaching standards by attracting high-flying graduates to join the profession and prodding bad teachers to leave. Teachers’ unions, meanwhile, insist that if only their members were set free from central diktat, excellence would follow.
There is an increasing amount of learning assessments taking place at the community level and led by parents. These assessments are now being carried out in India, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Mali. The most well known is the Annual Status Education Report (ASER) carried out and supported by Pratham in India.
Marguerite Clarke of the World Bank has recently written an excellent blog on <a href="http://blogs.worldbank singulair tablet.org/education/are-citizen-led-assessments-raising-learning-levels” onclick=”__gaTracker(‘send’, ‘event’, ‘outbound-article’, ‘http://blogs.worldbank.org/education/are-citizen-led-assessments-raising-learning-levels’, ‘citizen-led assessments’);”>citizen-led assessments. In addition, there is a very recent report from Results for Development on the same topic, Bringing Learning to Light. The assessments test a limited set of competencies in reading and mathematics and the instruments yield valid results. Broadening the tools to assess a broader range of skills would allow the assessments to better inform policy and practice.