Tuesday 20 November 2018

Comment: As a rule, school is no lesson in life for the modern miss

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Fiona Ness

Fiona Ness

This year's Leaving Cert results might have presented an all-male line-up of eight H1 achievers, but the fact still remains: girls generally do better than boys at school. What isn't so clear is why?

As a female, I've always known this. How could it be otherwise? Didn't the boys sit up the back of the physics class, twanging rulers off the desk while we girls sat studiously, grappling with Brownian motion and sharing the textbook, one-between-two.

Against my better nature - I was interested in poems and PE, not trolleys and ticker tape - I was a 16-year-old expert on the inner workings of a nuclear reactor.

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