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Why Boys Fail by Richard WHITMIRE

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CHAPTER 8The International Story: Australians Struggle with the Boy Troubles

 

SITTING ACROSS FROM ME at Killara High School in the wealthy suburbs of Sydney is school principal Mark Carter and his boss Jane Simmons, the director of the North Shore Network of schools, which includes Killara and twenty-seven other schools, most of them blessed with similar favorable demographics. Killara is the highest-performing public high school in all of New South Wales, which probably makes it one of the highest-performing high schools in all of Australia.1

Simmons and Carter were explaining their plan to push the performance of Killara High School even higher. In recent years, Killara has been soaking up ever-higher percentages of younger children from nearby ...

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