The case for all-male education

What is going on in the education of our boys is an abomination. Boys are failing in our schools because they are being failed by an education system that has become dominated by women, their thinking, and their ways: a system that reeks of a political ideology – feminism – that is outrageously favouring girls’ needs and learning styles, and in which boys’ natural boyish boisterousness is being routinely pathologised as deviant behaviour.

Boys in British schools today are being treated as  ‘a problem’ because they are boys, and this is entirely due to the feminist anti-male doctrine that informs the entire education system.

For proof of this, we need look no further then recent utterances from Yvette Cooper, one of the leading political feminists (and shadow Home Secretary) who, on Sunday 6 July 2014 said ‘We must educate our sons to save our daughters’. (See my post here.)

Her dismal diatribe amounts to this:

‘No teenage boy should grow up persuaded that abuse is normal, or feeling forced to behave in particular ways to prove their masculinity. For years we have talked about the importance of empowering our daughters, giving them the confidence to challenge abuse and bringing them up as feminists. If we are going to achieve a real-step [sic] change in tackling violence against women, we need our sons growing up as confident feminists too.’ [My emphasis]

What absolute, utter nonsense. Yvette Cooper is one of the most dangerous women loose in our society today.

She is close to the top of the Labour Party, one that was founded on Marxist principles (and whose current leader is Ed Miliband a committed Marxist and son of a firebrand Marxist university lecturer), but which has latterly placed feminism (also a Marxist doctrine) as its primary ideology after neatly sweeping its overt Marxist credentials under the carpet in the early 1990s1Clause 4: that the workers should own the means of production because it was, frankly, unelectable.

In the 1970s, the period immediately preceding the emergence of the trend of boys doing badly, it is known that academic standards in education went through the floor. This was largely because of left-wing interventions in the education system that were described at the time as bringing about an ‘egalitarian wilderness’ in their ‘comprehensive education’ system. Comprehensive schools were a wilderness, but they were not egalitarian, as I shall go on to illustrate.

This was a time when co-education became the received ‘wisdom’ of educationalists, who, of course, were almost certainly the products of postmodern, feminist/liberationist thinking. The early women’s liberationists had, by then, colonised the university lecturing profession, and were spreading their ideology from inside the education system. This has been a classic ploy of totalitarian infiltrations for centuries.

In the 1970s, the game was being changed for girls – and boys were being marginalised. Today, boys are being victimised by this ideology. More than at any time in history, boys are now being actively disadvantaged in their education by a feminised-dominated state, and there is now a desperate need for society to address this most serious problem before it is too late.

In a recent powerful post, ‘The Trouble with Boys in Education‘, William Collins astutely analysed the causes and effects of what is widely known (but little understood): that boys are under-achieving at school. He unequivocally attributed this to a pronounced and obvious gender bias in favour of girls in our education system.

Collins points to data2C.M.Cornwell, D.B.Mustard and J.Van Parys, “Non-Cognitive Skills and the Gender Disparities in Test Scores and Teacher Assessments: Evidence from Primary School”, IZA Discussion Paper No. 5973, September 2011. In Collins The Trouble with Boys in Education which positively prove that the percentage of children who achieved five or more grade A-C GCSE passes, or O-level passes, in the years from 1962 to 2006, show a pronounced gender gap emerging abruptly in 1987/88. This was the year in which O levels were replaced by GCSEs and in which continuous assessment, based on coursework rather than exams, was introduced into the overall assessment process.

As Collins astutely points out, ‘it is generally believed girls do better on coursework’, and worse in exams.3The reason generally accepted for this is an increased susceptibility to anxiety, something I suspect women in the past who succeeded academically by passing exams would take issue with. and, tellingly, he goes on to say:

‘… since teachers mark the coursework, this provided the opportunity for the first time for teacher bias to influence the attainment of candidates taking these exams. It is not possible from the data to determine if teacher bias plays a part in the origin of the gender gap in these examinations of 16 year olds. However, the coincidence between the timing of the start of the gender gap and the introduction of GCSEs …, taken together with the evidence of teacher bias in favour of girls at KS2,4Key Stage 2 is the legal term for the four years of schooling in maintained schools in England and Wales normally known as Year 3Year 4Year 5 and Year 6, when pupils are aged between 7 and 11.SOURCE: Wikipedia is sufficient cause for real concern.’

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that the opportunity for feminist bias to influence the academic attainment of girls and inhibit boys’ academic progress is a very significant possibility here.

The political underpinning of this female bias is illustrated by the recent feminist furore from the teaching profession against Michael Gove, Minister for Education, who sought to re-introduce final exams into overall GCSE assessment at the end of two years rather than in a series of smaller units.5http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-21955004 Gove was peremptorily removed from office for his political incorrectness and replaced by a woman who is very much junior to him politically (and also remains Minister for Women and Equalities) , no doubt to placate the fanatical feminists who want to maintain the status quo ante. No surprises there, it seems. Even Tory governments are toeing the Marxist-feminist party line.

Now, you might argue that academic achievement isn’t the only outcome of education. Indeed, some might say that it has nothing much to do with the rounding out of an adult person. Some might say that socialisation between boys and girls is essential for a well-balanced society, and that you get this by mixing them in school. You might point to Albert Einstein who, in 1936, composed an essay under the title ‘On Education’, in which he said this:61956 copyright (1984 edition), Out of My Later Years by Albert Einstein, Essay: On Education, (Year specified in table of contents: 1936), Start Page 31, Quote Page 36, Citadel Press: Kensington Publishing Corporation, New York. (Google Books Preview) SOURCE: http://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/09/07/forgotten/

‘If a young man has trained his muscles and physical endurance by gymnastics and walking, he will later be fitted for every physical work. This is also analogous to the training of the mind and the exercising of the mental and manual skill. Thus the wit was not wrong who defined education in this way: ‘Education is that which remains, if one has forgotten everything he learned in school.’

You might think aphorisms such as education being what is left after you have forgotten everything you learned at school inform us as to wider, higher, better aspirations for our children: ones in which people learn social skills in childhood by association with the opposite sex at school – and who could disagree with that? However, this social rounding must not be at the expense of boys’ education and to the advantage of girls. Boys today need neither socialisation at school, nor socialism – they need education, with pieces of paper that prove it – just like the girls are getting.

Collins points to a chilling feminist echo of Einstein’s aphoristic wisdom about boys needing physical development. In the 2009 Higher Education Policy Institute report on boys’ and girls’ participation in higher education,7“Male and Female Participation and Progression in Higher Education”, 2009 plus 2010 supplement, http://www.hepi.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/48-Gender-further-analysis-full.pdf he refers to this passage:

‘In our view, of even greater concern is the possibility that current trends take us to a situation where higher education and the related professions are overwhelmingly female, and where almost the only men to progress to higher education are those from the most advantaged socio-economic groups. For some, there is no problem with such a scenario. As one of the contributors to the Times Higher Education discussion put it, “if the boys don’t want to get educated, why not let them play football while the more intelligent sex gets on with running the world”’ [My emphasis.]

It is narrow, ideologically foul nonsense to say that girls are more intelligent and should be favoured in education over boys, so they can ‘get on with ruling the world’. What sort of world would we have if this were true? A world in which men were only the plumbers, electricians, labourers – and footballers? Whilst women were the intelligentsia? What craziness is this, where even intelligent(?) female insiders in education seem prepared to give such an idea voice?

God help us all if this thinking were to come about, but that is what is on the cards under the relentless feminist heel that has colonised our schools, our universities, and whose ideology has taken over our entire education system, seeking female domination over men and society.

We must take a stand against this, and against those who, without conscience or compassion, are prepared to promote or even acquiesce in a process that amounts to the abuse of our boys. In particular, the mothers of sons need to wake up to the stark reality that the feminist zeitgeist into which many of them have bought is destroying their children’s futures.

What kind of woman espouses an ideology that attacks her children like feminism does? And where are the fathers? What are they doing to fight for their boys’ rights? Are they so besotted with the idea of defending women and girls that they have lost sight of what is happening to their sons?

It is all well and good arguing that boys need muscle and fitness, but whilst these are fine male attributes, it is ideas that count. Men’s ideas (and their actions) have been shaping the world throughout the entire span of human history. Is this all to be put to an end because of an upstart ideology that seeks advantage for women only?

Have we completely lost sight of the fact that, unlike women, men are the full-time, whole-of-life workers, who contribute 72% of all income taxes?8Source: Table 3.3: Distribution of total income before and after tax by gender, 2011-12 – Taxpayers only  Survey of Personal Incomes 2011-12 Updated January 2014. United Kingdom Office for National Statistics. The broadly equal gender balance in the workforce belies that fact that men remain the mainstay providers of our national taxation that pays for our defence, our civil peace, our health (and our education!) Does he who pays the piper no longer have the right to call the tune? Are males to be systematically short-changed and dismissed by this unalloyed bigotry when they are at their most vulnerable as children, by the society to which they are the main contributors?

Women bear the next generation, but men safeguard it. Men are as much a part of our future as women are. Men have not only built the infrastructure of our society, they have built society, through political and moral leadership over centuries – and they have fought for its preservation with their blood. Is that to be torn asunder in the neglect of our boys’ education?

Physical ability might have been all very well in Einstein’s day, but we no longer live in an industrial society where men sold their muscle for wages. That era came to an end in Britain probably one dark day in the so-called ‘Winter of Discontent’, when organised industrial labour (represented by the Labour Party – now the feminist party) took its last ditch stand in a futile fight against inevitable economic change. That era was a hinge in history: one where our modern, developing economy tipped over from industrialisation to a service economy.9Economists call this the ‘three-sector theory’, that divides economies into three sectors of activity: extraction of raw materials (primary), manufacturing (secondary), and services (tertiary). It was developed by Alan FisherColin Clark and Jean Fourastié. SOURCE: Wikipedia.

I suggest that, today, boys’ academic education is now more vitally important than ever. Our economy is now undergoing a further economic transition – to a ‘knowledge economy’ – one in which we as a nation will sell our know-how to other nations that are further behind in their economic development than we are. A good example of this is manufacturing technology, the know-how of how to make things. Our production operations skills, honed in two centuries of industrialisation, are the finest in the world.

Another is construction technology.

British architects and engineers are amongst the best in the world, and are in demand. They are major earners of foreign revenues. Boys are (and will remain) predominantly the manufacturing specialists, the architects and the engineers of the future. Are we to disadvantage them by under-educating them: sacrificing them on the pyre of a political ideology that seeks the success of girls at boys’ expense?

The answer, it seems, would be ‘yes’ as long as we embrace the idea of feminism, and believe, as Yvette Cooper does, that boys should be educated to be feminists. That sounds like brainwashing to me: indoctrination of children to become women’s-servants when they grow up.

The men of the future (and what a future they face should Cooper and her Marxist fellow-travellers have their way!) are being grievously disadvantaged in our schools by this evil ideology. And this is not just in our schools, it is happening in our universities too, as Collins ibid. points out:

‘The annual number of women graduates now exceeds the annual number of men graduates by 32% (2012 graduates were 43% men and 57% women). Female dominance of higher education applies across every class of institution. In 2008, 56% of graduate jobs went to women. Current graduate figures suggest that in the near future we can expect ~60% or more of doctors, lawyers and journalists to be women, and ~77% of vets and teachers to be women (the latter being virtually the case already). Women postgraduates outnumber men postgraduates by nearly 60% (the participation rates being 11% and 7% respectively). University staff in the UK are 54% women and this dominance by women is likely to increase considerably in view of the female:male postgraduate ratio.’

Is there any wonder that women are in the ascendancy in universities when a rigged education system ensures they get the better grades at school than their male counterparts?

Our boys have a basic human right to have a decent education (the same right that is so strenuously asserted for girls, worldwide, by international feminism), and that is being disgracefully denied them through the relentless pursuit of advantage for girls in our schools and universities in the name of equality. Boys too have a right to expect they will be fairly and properly equipped for adult life to become contributors and shapers of society – and yet they are being deprived of that right in one of the most civilised nations in the world, because that nation has taken on an unhealthy collective preoccupation with the rights of only half of its citizens.

Desperate times need desperate measures and I believe we now need all-boys’ schools with male teachers, right from early years to sixth form. And we need them pretty damn quick if our boys are to be saved and nurtured to become well-rounded men. This is the only way this evil educational handicap on boys is going to be addressed, and the poison of feminism purged from the system.

There was a time – only a few decades ago – when it was perfectly normal to have single-sex state schools.  Indeed, they still exist for the elite in schools like Cheltenham Ladies College that consistently turns out candidates for the all-woman Newnham College, Cambridge (boys schools, of course, are now totally politically incorrect).

I went to a boys’ grammar school, then, later, to a co-educational grammar school (there was also a girls’ grammar school, all in the same small town) and there is no doubt that the standard of academic achievement was higher in both single-sex schools than in the co-ed one. The reasons for this were manifold, but primarily, each sex-segregated group of children went through a process of education that suited them best, and was tailored to their learning styles.

Not only did my Boys’ Grammar achieve higher academic attainment, it did something else. It bred men who were not only educated, but cultured. (There was a faintly monastic air of dedication to learning about the boys-only school that simple wasn’t there in the co-ed one.) Art and music were an essential part of the curriculum alongside languages, science and sport.

These boys’ schools delivered more than a good education, they delivered well-rounded, socially competent, socially responsible and socially obedient young men, who went on to take their rightful place in society as fathers and husbands: full contributors to the common social good.

The ‘masters’ as they were called at my school, wore their academic gowns in class and who ruled with that manly authority necessary for boys, were frequently men of calibre (many of them had been officers in the armed forces in the Second World War).  Day after day, boys were not only being taught, they were being mentored – by men – in the way only men can mentor boys. They were being prepared for the transition to manhood.

In what was a far cry from the endless shriek for the false equality that emanates from feminists today, this was a time when true equality of opportunity created meaningful social mobility. The boys (and girls) who went to state grammar schools were an elite, but not one born of wealth and privilege, they truly were able to progress on the basis of their own merit, and they were taught almost exclusively by same-sex teachers, in same-sex environments, with same-sex values, and same-sex discipline – all of which were sensitive to, and tailored to, the norms and mores of each.

There is an urgent need for our society to challenge the basic assumptions about women and their ‘rights’ in the light of what I believe is a pressing issue – now, today – that boys are being wilfully and recklessly discriminated against in our schools. We have before us irrefutable evidence that the entire feminist social engineering experiment, that unreasonably gynocentric onslaught on our society, has gone much too far (and it is showing no sign of abating).

Our boys are being nakedly abused, their rights taken from them by an extreme left-wing ideology that has oozed its way into the popular psyche and is creating a massive social time bomb. If this madness continues, not only will our future success as a nation be damaged, there will be another price to pay.

When these boys grow up, boys who are being so grievously short-changed at the hands of ideologically driven women who are wilfully exercising such politically-motivated and selfish control over them and their destinies, and realise the damage that has been done to their lives, they will react. When those men of the future see the degree to which they were discriminated against as children: when they see the economic disadvantage that was ordained for them by rabid feminists from their childhood; when they realise that society is run by and for women, they will react with a vengeance.

There will be serious consequences in terms of their attitude towards women, towards their propensity to form families – and in their commitment to society, not least in their civil obedience.

Let us learn from the past and now have same-sex schools: ones in which, by all means, girls in girls’ schools are assessed in ways that maximise their opportunities, but where boys in boys’ schools are assessed in ways that maximise theirs too. Let those schools then compete against each other for their excellence of academic output, on a level playing field again.

And, whilst we’re on with it, what about creating all-male university campuses? Ones where men can get on with their learning free of the hysteria of anti-rape demonstrations and the indoctrination that they are somehow dangerous to women. Maybe then men can be equal to the women of Newnham, Cambridge?

Then I wonder which sex will be ahead?

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1. Clause 4: that the workers should own the means of production
2. C.M.Cornwell, D.B.Mustard and J.Van Parys, “Non-Cognitive Skills and the Gender Disparities in Test Scores and Teacher Assessments: Evidence from Primary School”, IZA Discussion Paper No. 5973, September 2011. In Collins The Trouble with Boys in Education
3. The reason generally accepted for this is an increased susceptibility to anxiety, something I suspect women in the past who succeeded academically by passing exams would take issue with.
4. Key Stage 2 is the legal term for the four years of schooling in maintained schools in England and Wales normally known as Year 3Year 4Year 5 and Year 6, when pupils are aged between 7 and 11.SOURCE: Wikipedia
5. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-21955004
6. 1956 copyright (1984 edition), Out of My Later Years by Albert Einstein, Essay: On Education, (Year specified in table of contents: 1936), Start Page 31, Quote Page 36, Citadel Press: Kensington Publishing Corporation, New York. (Google Books Preview) SOURCE: http://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/09/07/forgotten/
7. “Male and Female Participation and Progression in Higher Education”, 2009 plus 2010 supplement, http://www.hepi.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/48-Gender-further-analysis-full.pdf
8. Source: Table 3.3: Distribution of total income before and after tax by gender, 2011-12 – Taxpayers only  Survey of Personal Incomes 2011-12 Updated January 2014. United Kingdom Office for National Statistics.
9. Economists call this the ‘three-sector theory’, that divides economies into three sectors of activity: extraction of raw materials (primary), manufacturing (secondary), and services (tertiary). It was developed by Alan FisherColin Clark and Jean Fourastié. SOURCE: Wikipedia.

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  • Rick Bradford

    Your all-boys school sounds very like mine. My A level maths teacher there was certainly the most inspiring teacher I ever had. He was initially a classics master. But in the war (WW2) maths teachers were in short supply, having been whisked off to Bletchley Park and like places. So he took over teaching maths instead of Latin & Greek. He was more than ordinarily knowledgeable about maths, i.e., even for a maths specialist. And our maths classes were frequently spiced with impromptu Latin and Greek if a mathematical term had an interesting etymology. My point is that, in those days, school teachers were actually educated people, in the true sense of the word – not merely products of the system. The guy had hitherto had maths merely as a hobby – but could regale us with an account of Cantor’s transfinite arithmetic simply for entertainment (this being way beyond school level maths). These days you’re lucky if the maths teachers know much maths, let alone the classics teachers (if there are any of those any more).

  • honeycomb

    I am a 45 year old man from the US of A.

    I have been asking why we haven’t done this (re: gender specific schools for boys and girls) for 20+ years.

    Until this happens I recommend Home Schooling to everyone who will listen.

    There is going to be a day of reckoning, very soon, if we do not straighten-up and fly right.

  • Excellent piece. Went to an all boys public school in the 70’s, a short stop at a co educational government school in mid 80’s. Bravo. Single sex schools are a way forward for the serious education of boys.

    Classics, Latin, arts at 7 and S level math for a few of us at 11. TV was banned apart from top of the pops. 😉 Looking back I concluded that in my all boys school I was being taught to understand the world minutely, to think, to lead. (World middle management, i.e. Kings, CEOs etc.)

    At the co educational school science for example was an unified regression focused on the workings of the internal combustion engine, etc., …they were being taught to understand aspects of menial work.

    Who really controls the direction of education behind the scenes in the lame stream? Involved intimately in local politics, the answer to this is clear to me. It’s by design.

    I say that trying to fix a broken cog in a broken machine is a waste of time. Let’s talk again after the flat open block chain self government emerges. I am afraid we are well beyond our Marie Antoinette moment and into our Orwellian nightmare, …The sheeple have already been trained, the comfort zone seems sufficient and there remain only one or two witnesses to the event.

    Am inclined to think that the whole system requires an overhaul in line with technology too. Perhaps better, inspirational/talented/extraordinary teachers could teach more children, more conveniently, remotely, in local facilities with support staff, including who might wish to join via home school etc.

    We exist in a world ruled by fallacious free markets, both they and the education system are best liberalised to the enth degree.

    Best wishes.

  • Mark in Mayenne

    I agree with your thesis on single sex schools for both boys and girls.

    I note however that the difference in academic results between boys and girls up until the rise in feminism (boys generally achieving better results) went unremarked and unchallenged. Neither situation is good.

    Let’s work to get the best education for both boys and girls.

    • Herbert Purdy

      @Mark in Mayenne

      I cannot argue, not would I, with any effort that ensures the best education for boys and girls. Of course that is right. These are our children – a future generation.

      However, with the most honest respect to you, I am not prepared to accept, without hard evidence, that boys did better than girls academically up until feminism came along in the 1970s (and, btw, feminism has been around for very much longer than that).

      What you say sounds like the standard feminist ‘women-have-always-been-disadvantaged-by-society’ argument, which I implacably refute. (And btw, if you have sources that point to this idea as a fact, then I would be the first to want to see it and evaluate it for myself.) I’m not saying you are advancing that argument, but it is very easy for all of us to fall into the trap the feminists’ set – they make a false argument, only by assertion and without proving their case, then they use that to justify fighting for ‘women’s rights’ in what amounts to a class war.

      By way of expansion of the idea, in the immediate post-Second World War period, academic education was not the be all and end all of education anyway. Post-eleven, we had Secondary Modern Schools that delivered a well-rounded general education, Technical Schools, where pupils learned practical subjects, like engineering drawing, and were prepared for industry, and there were Grammar Schools, to which only about 7% of pupils went, that taught to what we would now see as an academic standard.

      As I said in this article, my small town had three Grammar Schools (it had one Technical School, admittedly mainly attended by boys, and the rest were Secondary Moderns) and the Girls’ Grammar School, with as many pupils as the Boys’ Grammar, consistently turned out highly qualified young women, many of whom went on to university, just like the boys did from their Grammar. This wasn’t ‘equality’, it was true equality of opportunity at work – for girls and boys.

      I’m sorry, but women have not been disadvantaged or downtrodden in history – least of all by men. Anyone who believes that has bought the feminist lie, and has fallen into its mesmerising trap which is intended to weaken common sense resistance to what amounts to left-wing social engineering (just think about what Yvette Cooper is saying and wanting our schools to be doing – it is naked child abuse in pursuit of her ideology).

      People need to wake up to this, and see the reality of what feminism is trying to do to our entire social fabric, and I make no apology for repeating: feminism is a branch office of Marxism, which is intent on creating a ‘legalised community of women’, separate from men, and with a view to turning society into a matriarchy – that is what Friedrich Engels, the joint author of the 1848 Communist Manifesto, articulated clearly in his writings at the time.

      I go into this in depth in my forthcoming book. It is a remarkable and chilling story.

      • mark in Mayenne

        Let me just note that women undergraduates were not admitted to Oxford until 1920 nor into Cambridge until 1947. You may or may not consider that this means they were disadvantaged by society, but it certainly means they were disadvantaged in relation to getting the best degree- level education the country had to offer.

        My claim that they were still behind until at least the 70s remains unproven by this fact, but it does support the general thesis.

  • Alastair Haines

    I like the idea of all male university campuses.
    The problem it addresses is that gentlemanliness will put women’s interests first wherever both sexes are present. IMO, that’s still a good thing, just not in the tyrannical feminist way. The way to escape having to make concessions to women all the time is to have male only spaces. That’s vital for boys, lads, young men, and even mature men in various aspects of life.
    One other thing that would help is women responding in kind to masculine courtesies towards them with feminine courtesies in return. Respect is a two way street.

  • mrnotms

    All very Boys’ Own, Eagle Comics, firm-jawed, stiff-upper-lip and 1950s, but if all-boys’ schools can lead to grown men wearing stupid feminist T-shirts (politicians) and giving female-friendly divorce settlements (judges), then give me mixed schools every time.