Sinead Moriarty: Battle of the sexes now starts in classroom and it's boys who are losing
By the delicate age of four, girls have started feeling superior to boys in school. And boys, by the age of seven, rate themselves below girls. Four seems a little young to have decided on the superiority of your sex, just as seven is far too early to throw in the towel. But new research shows that this is when the battle of the sexes begins.
Many column inches have been filled with facts and figures on the increase in girls' prowess in the classroom and their steady march to third-level education. It has been reported that, in mixed schools, boys work harder to keep up with the girls, while girls dumb down to keep on a par with the boys.
Stereotypes have always been dangerous and potentially damaging and this recent survey highlights this. The study of 600 children aged four to 10 was performed by the University of Kent. Findings revealed that boys fall behind girls because they were constantly being told that they were not good enough.