It is kind of ironic that UTS thinks that lowering the ATAR requirements to get more girls into STEM fields makes sense. What happened to independently minded girls who want to pursue their interests as individuals rather than try to rig admissions to push ideological quotas?
Isn’t that what International Women’s Day is all about? To create equality of opportunity?
Forget that the average ATAR score for girls is 71.1, higher than boys at 67.8.
Could it be that girls and boys tend to like different things?
A Scandinavian study conducted across 470,000 subjects showed that while girls from nations that had pro gender equality policies in place qualified as well if not better than boys to do STEM, simply chose not to elect to study it. It had the exact opposite outcome of what was expected.
There is a reason why 99% of bricklayers are men and 80% of nurses are women.
Sensibly, Pymble Ladies College (PLC) principal Kate Hadwen openly said,
“We don’t need it, do we, girls? No…It’s outrageous. The thinking is to try and encourage girls into STEM. But I just think that it’s absolutely saying women need help. We don’t need help. We’re great as we are, thanks very much.…You have to earn your place there… I’m a believer in that.”
By all means, tell girls the virtues of what a STEM degree might bring in terms of a job and remuneration but leave it to them to pursue it if they feel it is of interest.
PLC 1 – UTS 0