Give boys attention
Teachers in Barbados need to be properly trained to recognize the substantial differences between boys and girls from an early age.
So says Independent Senator
“Unless our teachers are trained to recognize the significant differences between boys and girls, especially since it manifests itself at an early age, unless that is recognized, we will increasingly find that in our schools as early as the primary school, we will be seeing a high number of disaffected, sometimes alienated and underachieving boys.
“The numbers are far too great. If we were to take some time out after praising the students who do very well at the 11-Plus and then look at the students who do not perform and are not performing well and then analyze it, what we would find is that the majority of those students are boys,” Adams explained.
He made the comments today during debate in the Senate on a resolution to acquire land for the construction of a road to the proposed Maria Holder Memorial Trust Nursery School in Durants Village, St James.
“I hope that the expansion and extension of the nursery schools would begin to address the problem so that within a reasonable time frame we would be able to see that that gap has been closed…,” said Adams, a retired principal of the Coleridge and Parry School.
Adams said he hoped to see the numbers of those underachieving students go down by half at least, as well as for the wide discrepancy in that group between boys and girls to be reduced.