A survey by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has revealed that women in developed countries have overtaken men at every level of education.According to the report, girls are now more confident of getting better-paid professional jobs than their male counterparts.One of the main reasons given for this success is that girls tend to be ahead of boys in literacy skills which gives them an advantage when it comes to university admission.What makes girls high achievers? And why are boys falling behind? Can there be true equality in achievement?This debate is now closed. Read a selection of your comments below.The following comments reflect the balance of views we have received: | SUGGEST A DEBATEThis topic was suggested by Richard P, UK Why are girls doing better than boys in education everywhere in the developed world?
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Girls tend to do better academically in school because they work harder. But this could be, in part, because girls are less interested in sport. Sport encourages risk taking, which, in the long run, could be the reason why men achieve higher results in the real world.
Stefan Worsley, Tunbridge WellsI believe the main reason girls do better is the fact that the majority of teachers in primary schools are female. My son is now in primary seven and is being taught by one of just two male teachers in the school, both teachers are P7.
Carousel, N IrelandI think it's ridiculous to say that girls do better than boys because there are more female teachers. That may be true for the humanities but there were no women in the technology department in my school, lucky for me the male teachers were just as supportive to their only female student! Now that I am doing construction engineering at university there are a few more girls on the course but no female lectures!
Ruth, IrelandAnother contest is it? I think the main reason why boys... [continues]
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