Boys need a leg up at school but treating them like girls?

babies_with_blocks_spelling_learn_1600_wht_13401The latest research on children’s achievements suggest that there are a million lost boys out there.

These are the boys who have fallen behind girls in the communication skills they need to cope in class.

The research by the charity Save the Children and researchers from Bristol University says that this gap exists regardless of social class.

A professor of education at Bristol University said ” We found gender affects literacy attainment and language development irrespective of social class and includes boys from middle-class homes.

The worst affected area was Merseyside, where 5-year old boys were 17% behind girls in reaching expected standards in language and communication skills. But even in Rutland, which has low poverty levels, the gap was still 14%.

Girls are ahead of boys in all 152 local council areas in England.

This is worrying because children who fall behind before they reach school tend to stay behind. Boys who are behind at age 5 are four times more likely to fall below expected reading standards by the age of 11.

They struggle to pay attention in class and find it hard to follow lessons or develop friendships. They are also less likely to get good GCSE results and A levels, complete degrees (already there are fewer boys than girls going to universities), get a good job and are more at risk of poor mental health.

A spokesman for Save the Children  said “this research gets to the nub of why boys fall behind. It shows that even before they walk through the school gates they are at a disadvantage that trails them through life.

The researchers say that parents can help bridge the gap by bringing up boys more like girls.

The research shows that parents spend less time on activities that develop language skills with their sons rather than their daughters.

They sing more nursery rhymes and songs and do more drawings and paintings with girls than they do with boys. So parents can do more with their sons in this regard and also get them to talk more about their activities. They can also read story books as well as non-fiction books to get them interested in reading for pleasure (Dads take note especially).

The other problem boys have is their ability to concentrate and focus. So playing word games and completing drawing tasks can help them build up their concentration and attention span.

Save the Children is recommending having a graduate teacher in each nursery to boost boys’ levels of literacy before they get to school.

The report makes sense but the idea of bringing up boys more like girls is a misleading headline.

It’s been argued for years that there are too few male role models in nurseries and primary schools and the way young pupils are taught is more girl-friendly. Something I posted on several years ago.

How to get that university place you want

university_symbol_1600_wht_12128It’s very straightforward it seems.

  1. Get good grades
  2. have an interest in your chosen field of study or the university
  3. Get work experience in that area
  4. If you can’t get work experience then do voluntary work

According to a survey of 63 university admissions teams, by a company which arranges school expeditions abroad, those four factors are more important than a Duke of Edinburgh Award, playing a team sport, learning a musical instrument, being in a school play, or travelling abroad.

Students should devote 70-80% of their personal statement to their academic interests and achievements and the rest to extra-curricular activities.

And when describing these activities they should describe the skills or the personal development that has happened rather than just make a list of achievements. Skills or qualities highly valued include communications, organisation, and independence.

Basically it’s the same as writing a CV so a good place to start getting it right.

Of course what they don’t say is how important it is to have good contacts to get work experience. And we’ve all heard about the unpaid interns!

 

Cracking the Communication Code Between Men And Women

Otrazhenie

never-listen-to-meFrom The Truth About Communication Between Men And Women

While much has been said about women being from Venus and men being from Mars, the reality is that we all live on the same planet Earth and need to interact with each other in different ways on a daily basis.

How can we crack the communication code between men and women? Luckily technology can help us even with that difficult task. Check out the Manslator: the Official Woman Language Translator:

Or you can use a professional Human Gender Translator:

Off-the-mark-on-men-vs_-womenFrom Gender Translator

Its fun to look at communication differences between men and women but we also have to be careful in avoiding stereotypes. As Simma Lieberman points out, “we are all on a continuum and there are women that have some traits that might be attributed to the male style or there are times when it is necessary to use the male…

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Smart Trust

Otrazhenie

From http://thehearttruths.com

At different times in our lives and in different situations, most of us tend to look at our personal relationships, our teams, our organizations, and our governments through one of two sets of glasses: “blind trust” (naivete) or “distrust” (suspicion). At times, we may even go back and forth between the two.

These glasses have been created by a number of factors, including the way our parents and grandparents may have seen the world, the experiences we’ve had in our personal and professional lives, the people we interact with, the things we read, the things we watch, and the things we listen to. However, most of us don’t even realize that we have these glasses on.

Only as we understand how we’re seeing the world now can we truly appreciate the difference a new pair of glasses can make.

From http://quotes-pictures.vidzshare.net/

The reality is that there is a…

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Multiples have some advantages

school_children_holding_learn_blocks_1600_wht_12276By multiples we mean twins and triplets which are increasingly common due to IVF.

Last year there were over 11,500, the highest number since records began in 1940 and most were twins.

They are expensive and noisy but experts are saying that they have advantages over children of different ages in families.

In a study conducted by Tamba, a charity that supports parents of multiples, they appear to have better communication skills and are often each other’s best friends even into adulthood with less sibling rivalry.

They are also less likely to be bored or to ask adults to in initiate activities.

They probably start communicating in the womb!

Previous research has focussed on the negative aspects of cost and parental exhaustion.

And married couples with multiples are 17% more likely to get divorced compared to families with children of varying ages.

Cracking the Communication Code Between Men And Women

Otrazhenie

never-listen-to-meFrom The Truth About Communication Between Men And Women

While much has been said about women being from Venus and men being from Mars, the reality is that we all live on the same planet Earth and need to interact with each other in different ways on a daily basis.

How can we crack the communication code between men and women? Luckily technology can help us even with that difficult task. Check out the Manslator: the Official Woman Language Translator:

Or you can use a professional Human Gender Translator:

Off-the-mark-on-men-vs_-womenFrom Gender Translator

Its fun to look at communication differences between men and women but we also have to be careful in avoiding stereotypes. As Simma Lieberman points out, “we are all on a continuum and there are women that have some traits that might be attributed to the male style or there are times when it is necessary to use the male…

View original post 179 more words