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The results from our observation and from the context analysis of the story clearly support the growing international notion that boys are simply underachieving at school Whilst many think that boys are achieving no less there is definitely a growth in the gap between the sexes at all levels of education from secondary to primary schooling and possibly even from birth Ultimately the figures speak for themselves with a noticeable gap being recognized at the age of 7 with girls leading in writing and reading At 11 the gap then continues with girls out performing boys in all subjects including traditional male topics such as Math and Science By the time of GCSE results girls are again ahead disproving the idea that boys simply mature later With girls dominance in traditional male subjects such as CDT as a national survey showed girls were two thirds better than boys were and all over the board averaging 8 over the boys at GCSE Arnot et al 1996 So what is the future for boys in society is it possible for them to regain the ground or is it all societies fault In this explanation we hope to explain some of the sociological theories which have been offered to explain this and ultimately why this gap has grown so suddenly with the help of both named studies and external statistical data First of all to explain why women are suddenly out striping boys it is important to realise that this may not be a recent phenomenon which has suddenly occurred recently For many feminists this is the view they have held for some time saying that prior to this growth female students were simply restricted from growing A change in the female ideology has thus taken place as shown in Sue Sharpes study Just like a Girl in which girls reactions and thoughts on life were recorded in 1976 and later in 1994 From these results she
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