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Test 5
Some twenty years ago, the performance of girls and boys in class was compared. Boys (36) ______ better in exams, so various (37) ______ were introduced to improve the performance of girls, including having (38) ______ sex girl-only classes. Now, the situation is (39) ______ , with girls consistently out-performing boys.
So, what has gone wrong with boys, and what can be done about it? John Dunsford, leader of the association of head teachers of (40) ______ schools, says that that the academic (41) ______ of boys is a problem which has its (42) ______ in society rather than the classroom. Girls, more than boys, see education as a passport to a good job. On the other hand, according to Penny Lewis, a head teacher, young men lack (43) ______ , which they hide with a show of bravado. They're uncertain about their place in society. Some boys grow up in families where there is no male role model to follow.
Moreover, boys may learn in a different way to girls, (44) _________________________________________________ . And education is not seen as "cool" .
As one contributor to a BBC website put it, "Girls achieve more at school (45) ________________________________________________________________ ."
This is not just a problem in Britain. In a study by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and UNESCO, girls out-performed boys at reading at the age of 15 in all 45 countries. The UK ranks ninth out of the 45 countries for reading (46) __________________________________________________________ . Interestingly, the study suggested that British children read for pleasure more often than those in other countries.

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bravado [brə'vɑ:dəu]

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n. 作威,虚张的勇气

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uncertain [ʌn'sə:tn]

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adj. 不确定的

 
score [skɔ:]

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n. 得分,刻痕,二十,乐谱
vt. 记分,刻

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achieve [ə'tʃi:v]

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v. 完成,达到,实现

 
consistently [kən'sistəntli]

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adj. 一致的,始终如一的

 
academic [.ækə'demik]

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adj. 学术的,学院的,理论的
n.

 
immediate [i'mi:djət]

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adj. 立即的,即刻的,直接的,最接近的

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performance [pə'fɔ:məns]

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n. 表演,表现; 履行,实行
n. 性能,本

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reverse [ri'və:s]

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n. 相反,背面,失败,倒档
adj. 反面的

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association [ə.səusi'eiʃən]

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n. 联合,结合,交往,协会,社团,联想

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