Girls' behaviour in class is 'deteriorating'

 
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Girls' behaviour in the classroom seems to be deteriorating as much as their male classmates, a survey of teaching staff suggests.

A survey of teachers, heads and other school staff across the UK found that 44% believed girls' behaviour had worsened in the past two years.

This compares with 43% for boys, says a survey of 859 members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers.

But 68% of staff in the survey said boys' behaviour is more difficult.

Half of the surveyed staff thought boys' behaviour had got worse over the past five years, and 48% thought girls' behaviour was worse.

'Friendship problems'

One secondary school teacher who contributed to the study said: "Boys are more physically aggressive and usually to other pupils, with girls it is more name calling, less fighting."

For girls, most staff said bullying such as isolating another pupil from a friendship group, spreading rumours, making snide looks and comments, were the biggest problems (44%).

A 34-year-old teacher from Reading, said: "Girls spread rumours and fall-outs last a long time. Boys tend to sort it out fairly quickly."

And a teaching assistant from Weston-Super-Mare said: "Girls are definitely getting more violent, with gangs of girls in school who are getting worse than the gangs of boys."

A Department for Education spokesman said: "Teachers can't teach effectively and pupils can't learn if discipline is poor or there is continual low-level disruption.

"That's why we're giving teachers tough new powers and underlining their clear authority to crackdown on badly-behaved pupils."

 

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    Comment number 71.

    Hardly surprising. Womens behaviour is on the decline anyway, so this just fits the current trend. The question is, what is going to be done about it?
    Nothing probably!

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    Comment number 70.

    People hear about these stories and chip in with their "Kids today are scum" speech and what you end up with is a whole bunch of ignorant statements being banded around, usually starting with "In my day". If you hear this enough, inevitably you're going to think "Well why bother then" and mess around. Get people to believe they can do something then they just might.

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    Comment number 69.

    The problem is that education itself is not valued. In some countries, parents go hungry to give their children a good education, to then get a career. If that child does not do his/her best at school, they are disprespecting their parents. In this country, it's free; it doesn't matter to the child; and it's almost a badge of honour to be considered 'thick'. Some only aspire to collecting benefits

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    Comment number 68.

    It begins at home. Vicky Pollard breeds Vicky Pollards,

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    Comment number 67.

    I have been teaching for 32 years in York . There has always been some low level disruptive behaviour from both genders, but recently it has been getting worse in girls. At one time, boys were much more of a problem, now it's more balanced.

    But let's get things in perspective; 95% of the students I teach are delightful and only a very small percentage causes any significant problem.

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    Comment number 66.

    I was attending school during the fifties and we were told-by teachers-we were the worst behaved they had ever had the displeasure to teach. So nothing has changed then? The answer then and now is make lessons fun in a relaxed environment. Those who don't wish to be taught, move them into more practical hands on subjects instead of forcing everyone to become an academic.

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    Comment number 65.

    My mum has always said to me that our current mess is down to the govt removing rights of parents. Parents discipling their kids is seen as abuse for the most part.

    But well now we have 3 generations of people who grew up in this mess, kids who 30yrs ago weren't disciplined & are now raising their own undisciplined kids. Rinse & repeat.

    3+ generations of adults who will never work.

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    Comment number 64.

    Perhaps teachers need to stop assuming that as soon as children get to secondary school that they need to be spoken to like dirt, treated like second class citizens and complete idiots. The way I've heard teachers addressing students is appalling and it's not surprised they're behaving the way they're expected to. Mutual respect and trust works wonders.

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    Comment number 63.

    what do you expect when we plaster our girls in pink from day 1, and persistently tell them they should be princesses?

    Both genders or children need to learn respect, by being given respect, and watching us respect each other. Kids need to be wanted&loved, not shuffled to the bottom of society.

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    Comment number 62.

    Is behaviour getting worse or are teachers, who are victims of 'teaching by numbers', shocked that what they were taught about disciplining pupils doesn't ALWAYS work? I ask this because I know that many of my local teachers lack -confidence, power, willingness- to use other teaching methods to teaching reading when the status quo phonics system doesn't work resulting in some pupils not reading!

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    Comment number 61.

    One of the big problems is the so called ' management' of many schools. To my certain knowledge in the West of England violent attacks on teachers have been hushed up and non disclosure agreements demanded. The malign growth of the management culture has crept into schools with the usual traits of covering up and denying reality. Full and effective transparency should be demanded.

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    Comment number 60.

    Subjective impressions are no substitute for objective measurement. Boys and girls did some pretty nasty things in my schools 1960-70. Disruption in secondary school was the rule for boys who did not want to be shown up by others' abilities. French teachers were the most victimised and sought head's help weekly - two lasted only months. Today, things seem similar, but amplified by technology?

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    Comment number 59.

    The sad point about the corporal punishment issue is that it didnt stop bad behaviour. The stats show that when the cane was used in schools bad behaviour still happened. Just because there is a obvious punishment it doesnt mean that the bad behaviour will stop. Take a speeding fine, theres a punishment for speeding but 99.9% of people speed.

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    Comment number 58.

    As mentioned.
    The people in charge have undermined our teachers so they are unable to teach and spend most of their time trying to maintain order.

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    Comment number 57.

    It just means adult behaviour to girls has become more abusive. All destructive behaviour in children stems from what they have learned from adults. What adults are do in a scoiety is always reflected by what children do. Education is child abusive. Children are sensitive to this unconditioinal negative regard by those holding power over them.

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    Comment number 56.

    Disciplining kids is illegal nowadays so we have these young feral humans who know everything about their rights and nothing about their responsibilities who become legal human beings once they are old enough to leave school.

    Modern schooling is just an expensive creche to keep kids from running wild around the streets.

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    Comment number 55.

    For years and years us younger folks are told how bad we are. What do you expect? We are seeing a society just falling into this stereotype. If you don't respect youngsters they won't respect you; it's a self-fulfilling prophecy!

    One of the reasons we think it's "getting worse" is because we have more access to the information, internet, 24hr TV etc.

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    Comment number 54.

    Teachers are getting 'tough new powers' !! Huh, yeah right.

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    Comment number 53.

    This research surely qualifies for the "No **** Sherlock of the year" award

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    Comment number 52.

    it's the way things are nowadays and corporal punishment is child abuse in my opnion.

 

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