– According to the UK government, a majority of boys leave primary school lacking basic standards in literacy and numeracy. Already at a young age, girls have better results than their male peers as they tend to be more eager to please and because of the smaller number of male role models to inspire boys. According to Chris McGovern, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, the gap between both genders is partly explained by the high focus on Hermione Granger’s (the character in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series) type girls and the large percentage of women among primary teachers.

– “The gap between boys and girls is of major concern. It is starting at an early age and it is evident all the way through to university,” said McGovern. “Girls tend to mature more quickly and they also tend to dominate more at primary schools. They tend to get more encouragement for their way of learning in environments where the vast majority are female teachers.”



Emma Watson – Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series (Wikipedia)