Revising Boys: A look at why it is [typically] difficult to get boys to study

Season 2, Episode 12,   Nov 13, 2020, 12:01 AM

Boys? Well, they're just lazier than girls / don’t try as hard / procrastinate more / need to run around and let off steam. These are some very obvious stereotypes about teen boys that we could call on. And most of us would recognise at least one or two traits in sons – and perhaps other males in your life. Afterall they are stereotypes for a reason: they come up time after time. But there has to be more to it than dismissing an inability to knuckle down to study with the age-old “boys will be boys” retort. Especially if we want them to do well in an increasingly competitive world.

This week's episode explores some perceptions of studying amongst boys. 

The Study Buddy founder, Nathan McGurl talks with Mark Roberts. Mark is the Assistant Principal at a mixed comprehensive school in Devon, an English Teacher, author of “You Can’t Revise for English GCSE: Yes you can!” and co-author of “Boys Don’t Try: Rethinking masculinity in schools” with Matt Pinkett.

Mark explains why we should care about the attainment gap at this age, and what it means to boys as they move through adolescence. We talk about the dangers of perpetuating stereotypes and how parents can make positive reinforcements to encourage their reluctant teens to study.

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