Stuff ignores the educational elephant in the room

Stuff reports:

Achievement gaps between groups of students have persisted and in some cases worsened over the last decade despite an overall improvement in ​NCEA results, a Stuff data analysis shows.

Among the findings, Māori and Pasifika students remain behind those from other backgrounds and boys continue to outperform girls in science and maths at the highest level, Scholarship – which carries monetary awards of between $500 and $30,000.

Stuff has a woke world view that males are always oppressors and females always the oppressed so the only gender disparity they focused on was the miniscule numbers of students who get scholarship in science and maths. This allows them to paint the system as advantaging boys. They ignored all the results at sub-scholarship level and in all other subjects to find something that fits their narrative.

The reality is the opposite. Boys are doing far far worse in our educational system. It isn’t even close. In 2018 I blogged boys are:

  • 11% less likely to get NCEA Level 1
  • 7% less likely to get NCEA Level 2
  • 14% less likely to get NCEA Level 3
  • 25% more likely to leave school with no qualifications
  • Twice as likely to be a high (special) needs student
  • 27% less likely to get UE

Not one mention of this in the article. If it was the other way around, it would be reported constantly.

Boys are also 42% less likely to be in tertiary education. Why is this not a concern?

But this is sadly what we get from the media – stories that only fit their worldview.

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