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  1. Here is an interesting report from The Economist on why girls are doing better than boys in almost every subject in the school curriculum. It is happening not only here but in many other countries of the developed and indeed much of the developing world. The explanation seems to lie in the following paragraph: "To see why boys and girls fare so differently in the classroom, first look at what they do outside it. The average 15-year-old girl devotes five-and-a-half hours a week to homework, an hour more than the average boy, who spends more time playing video games and trawling the internet. Three-quarters of girls read for pleasure, compared with little more than half of boys. Reading rates are falling everywhere as screens draw eyes from pages, but boys are giving up faster. The OECD found that, among boys who do as much homework as the average girl, the gender gap in reading fell by nearly a quarter." It is not just reading where girls do better but also physical exercise. As the Victorian schoolmasters used to say mens sana in corpore sano. They might do better if they were less sniffy about their sisters' ballet classes or at least made an appearance on the cricket pitch or rugger field. Girls in many families are often given greater responsibility than their brothers at an earlier age with simple domestic tasks in the home. To correct this imbalance in educational attainment between the sexes we need to make a radical shift in attitudes.
  2. CDC’s Pre-Associate Programme is especially for young dancers age 6-11, who are looking to enhance their dancing with additional, complementary training. The course aims to: * strengthen and solidify ballet technique * introduce the basics of contemporary dance once the ballet technique is established * help young dancers develop an understanding of the dance world Led by educators from Chantry Dance Company who are some of the UK’s top ballet and contemporary teachers, this course is also a stepping stone towards becoming a full CDC Associate when older. There is NO AUDITION required to join the Pre-Associate Programme – all we look for in our young dancers is potential, and a strong sense of dedication to the art. COURSE DETAILS Date: Second Sunday of each month Time: 11:30am-1pm Location: Dance Pointe Studios in Grantham Cost: £82.50 per year For further information or to apply for the course, please contact us by email at: education@chantrydancecompany.org CDC Website: www.chantrydancecompany.org
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