Peter, I read your article posted at boysnws1.html
with interest. I share your concerns. The pendulum has swung far too far
and is causing serious harm to society as a whole, not just to boys and men.
I see this gender imbalance in science also. Once, with a very few notable
exceptions, science was a male domain. In recent times most of the young scientists
seeking employment and subsequently recruited by my organization have been
female. The women have been correctly appointed on merit. Few if any are overt
What has turned boys from science and academic achievement? Undoubtedly,
when I was in school in the 1950's/60's, education was designed for the stereotypical
boy and it suited him well. Others were much less well catered for. In cities
with several secondary schools it should not be hard to provide different
types of education to suit the different needs.
A nephew was able to chose his own school. His decision was a considered
one - his parents were not being negligent - he chose Boys High, a traditional
boys school, and has thrived.
The enormous number of school stand downs and suspensions is a major scandal.
Why is nobody concerned? If a child is having trouble at school how are they
helped by throwing them out? It gives the school a respite but at what future
cost? Imagine the fuss if it were to be reported there had been 18,000 canings
rather than 18,000 suspensions in a year. I suggest that suspensions are ineffective
as a deterrent and that they have no possibility of reformative value unless
coupled with extensive continuing counseling of the student and his family.
The potential for harm to the suspended student is very high indeed in the
absence of parental concern and such counseling.
Stopping anti-male propaganda is likely to be much more difficult. I admire
your courage in confronting it. I wish you well.