Low esteem dating self sabotage
I am so proud of my boys — but our education system hasn’t always taken the same pride and joy in them.
Schools have become so over feminised that they are knocking the natural spirit out of boys. My boys both attended the same primary and secondary schools: a Church of England village primary and then a mixed, state secondary rated Outstanding by Ofsted.
Today I’m a housewife and care for my husband Peter, 59, who has ME (sometimes called chronic fatigue syndrome).
I’m not an education specialist, but I am a devoted mum, keen for her children to progress in life and achieve all they want to.
But to me this was just another example of how boys like my sons are consistently and insidiously put down by teachers and today’s education system.Attempts were made to wrongly diagnose another curious young lad as autistic, until his furious mother decided to pull her son out of the school.Boys were just lumped together, whatever their quirks and talents, with predictably damaging consequences for their attainment and self-esteem.Aged 11, Hayden was a likeable, happy-go-lucky boy, a deep thinker who always tried his best.Imagine our surprise when the title of the production was announced: Olivia Twist. Charles Dickens’s most famous male character would be played by a girl. She had decided a girl should take the role, and never mind any willing lad who might have been keen to try his hand.