Richard V. Reeves

Why boys fall behind

The gender reversal in education has been astonishingly swift

(Photo: Getty)

What do you know about Finland? That it is the happiest nation on earth? Correct. That the school system is superb? Well, half right. Finland does indeed always rank at or near the top of the international league table for educational outcomes – but that’s because of the girls. Every three years, the OECD conducts a survey of reading, mathematics, and science skills among 15-year-olds.

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