Anyone who has a boy will know that this Headmaster speaks the truth.
Bubble-wrapped boys are missing out on crucial rough and tumble in a "feminised" school system that doesn't allow them to let off steam, a headmaster says.
Ross Scrymgeour, head of private Hereworth School, Havelock North, says the banning of physical games like bullrush and murder-ball illustrates a "softly softly" approach to education that does not suit boys.
His boys-only school's "play rough" philosophy made pupils more attentive in class and taught them about physical boundaries.
This quote comes from a Dominion Post story titled appropriately enough: Boys missing out in 'feminised' schools - headmaster.
My boy Nik is 15 now. When he started secondary school, two years ago now, we moved him to a boys only school. the best move we ever made. He is flourishing. And this is for the very reasons articulated by Ross Scrymgeour in the story.
Nik is a keen cricketer, as were some of schoolmates at primary school, a school with only one male teacher incidentally. And they would have liked to play impromptu matches during breaks in school time.
But this required getting the teacher on playground duty to unlock the "sports shed" and get out the plastic cricket balls and bats. Using their own gear was verboten. Far too dangerous!
Playing rugby, or the schoolyard version scrag of course was nearly a capital offense.
The only formal team sport the school offered was T-Ball, with mixed teams and handicaps applied.
As we all know and the statistics reinforce boys are missing out academically in the brave new world of feminised education. There is little doubt in my mind that this goes part way to explaining it.
There are other factors in the decline of boys in the upper echelons of academic achievement but that may be a post for another time.
In the meantime the chances of New Zealand winning the Cricket or Rugby world cups in the future are dependent upon educators like Ross Scrymgeour continuing to run their schools the way they are doing and speaking out.