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July 2011 Archives

Baby You Can Drive My Genes

Clever headline to an amusing look at gender differences, laid out in an Economist book review....


Do Aussie Boys Need High School or College Degrees?

Some boys do fine with neither, this writer points out. Besides, women haven't been entirely successfully at translating their superior academic achievements into workforce achievements....


Comic Book Classroom Literacy

Sounds like an oxymoron, right? Anything but. What started in Maryland is spreading. Boys love it. The strategy: Around fifth or sixth grade you make the pivot into chapter books....


NAACP Sees Education as Answer -- but Misses the Irony

Education is the key to reversing the losses among black males, according to NAACP leaders meeting in Los Angeles. "We are losing a generation of our children," said Sandre Swanson, who heads the California Assembly's Select Committee on the State of Boys and Men of Color, at a panel discussion. "These young men need help and to know we care." The writer of the AP story, however, declined to point out that the NAACP recently joined the United Federation of Teachers in an attempt to block a plan by New York City officials to offer students more seats in higher ...


Boys Book Gets the Movie Treatment

The popular Horrid Henry books hit the big screen....


Michelle Rhee Documentary

Bloomberg TV's documentary on Rhee, which debuted earlier this week, just became available online. Rhee wrote the foreword to Why Boys Fail....


Structural Economic Changes

Interesting discussion in this American Enterprise Institute piece about economic/education changes. No discussion of gender -- but not too hard to figure out the implications....


Single-Sex Education Critics Win National Award

For years, academics Caryl Rivers and Rosalind C. Barnett have pushed back against the notion that boys are experiencing academic problems. The Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families just awarded their commentaries an honorable mention. Here's one part, another and the third. I kept looking for an explanation in their columns for why, in a time when college is the new high school, mostly girls are getting that message. Didn't find it. Does that mean the steep gender gaps we see in two and four-colleges are okay with them?...


Even in Bermuda

Discussions about boys falling behind. Is it because schools ignore the fact boys learn differently? If that's the issue, then when did schools shift to teaching in ways that favor girls?...


College Still Worth It?

Yes. New York Times makes another nice contribution to the debate....


School Discipline: Texas v. California

Interesting commentary that contrasts two approaches to school suspensions/expulsions....


Half of Young Black Males in Nashville Suffer from Serious Health Problems

Hypertension and diabetes at the top of the list....


Challenge to the Title IX Challenge

Debate over gender imbalances in high school sports heats up. From the A.P....


Suspension/Expulsion Issue Heating Up

This is likely to be the new civil rights challenge, and it affects mostly boys. From the New York Times: Raising new questions about the effectiveness of school discipline, a report scheduled for release on Tuesday found that 31 percent of Texas students were suspended off campus or expelled at least once during their years in middle and high school -- at an average of almost four times apiece. When also considering less serious infractions punished by in-school suspensions, the rate climbed to nearly 60 percent, according to the study by the Council of State Governments, with one in seven ...


Where are the Healthiest Black Men?

In prison....


Growing up Male in Oakland

Sociologist Victor Rios revisits in his childhood in Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys . From the Chronicle of Higher Education: With Punished, Rios joins an expanding cadre of social scientists who lament the directions that juvenile justice has taken in the United States in recent decades. He argues that in an era when the United States has achieved world-record levels of incarceration, of young people as well as adults, the widespread adoption of severe, hastily adopted get-tough-on-crime policies in the 1980s and 1990s has gone hand in hand with the vilification and persecution of black and Latino ...


Developments at The Boys Initiative

The Initiative produces a draft of its strategic plan. And then this news. From the website: On June 24 Dennis Barbour, The Boys Initiative EVP, participated in a day-long White House meeting on community-based initiatives The meeting was called to brief community leaders on various Administration efforts and to obtain their input on the White House's plans going forward. Numerous White House and agency officials participated in the discussions, which included a visit from President Obama. Attendees included leaders from local and national organizations that provide community based services. The White House is planning a number of follow-up activities to ...


This Should Be Happening on More Campuses

If women are going to make up nearly 60 percent of the undergraduate body, why are female professors and deans still in the minority? My assumption all along has been that the gender shift will take place. Replacement takes time. In some colleges, such as the University of Richmond, that shift has already taken place. Interesting that this is one of the colleges identified by U.S. News as favoring men in the admissions process, an attempt to keep campus gender balances in check....


The Undereducated American

The nation must add 20 million postsecondary-educated workers to the economy by 2025, according to a new Lumina report....


Girls Sweep Google Science Fair

What the article doesn't include are the gender breakdowns on the students who elected to compete for the honor. That's where this issue gets interesting. What I've observed in other competitions is that girls are more motivated. The movement launched 15 years ago to steer more girls into upper level math and science classes has paid off. I have yet to hear a coherent argument explaining why we can't do the same for boys in reading and writing skills. There's no evidence that girls would be harmed in the process....


Title IX Stikes Idaho Schools

I have no problem with Title IX hovering over gender equity in sports. Maybe, just maybe, one day the feds will take a look at academic gender inequities, with far fewer boys arriving in their senior year prepared and motivated to take on college work....


At Least Unemployed Men Get Exercise ... Right?

Not so much, it turns out....


Aussie Boys No Different

If you want to achieve the nation's higher education goals you have to look at boosting the performance of boys. Australians are far ahead of Americans in looking at their K-12 gender gap problems, but not enough to matter in the ultimate outcomes....


Men and Women -- Still Different

That's the rough headline of a long-ago-published USA Today article that triggered much derision. That theme, boys and girls are different, as in, they learn in different ways, is the topic of a series of articles in The Tennessean....


Theories on the Lack of a 'Sherecovery'

First, as this Slate article points out, women have fared far better than men in the Great Recession. The gender difference favoring men has unfolded in the tepid recovery, where more men than women have found jobs. Is the answer as simple as more construction jobs returning? Doubtful. Some interesting theories aired here. Which jobs are coming and going? The WSJ explains here....


Update on the Career Education Cutbacks

This issue matters a lot to those (mostly men) trying to cope with a rapidly changing workforce....


British Educators Explain Why Boys Fail

The decline of single-sex schools leaves boy exposed to a feminized curriculum and a paucity of male teachers, says the head of the City of London School. From the article: Speaking ahead of the event, Mr Levin said: "We believe that there's a problem across the English speaking world with boys' academic underachievement. The education system is not giving them a good deal. We need some serious research into the pedagogical differences between teaching boys and girls to raise awareness of the fact that boys respond differently." And the Eton headmaster weighs in on the same topic. From his column: ...


Vocational Schools Losing Funding

That means problems for boys who have found that to be their best option....


Rising Popularity of Single-Sex Schools

Not just for the rich and religious -- also for floundering boys....


Paucity of Male Teachers in U.K.

The figures wouldn't look any different in this country....


Ecologist Explains the Middle School Puzzle

As in, why are middle schools so much more mature than middle school boys (physically, not just socially)? Interesting, but it doesn't explain the relatively recent shift in academic accomplishment we've seen along gender lines....


Interesting Employment Shift Among Men

What's new in this front page Washington Post story isn't that hiring is picking up faster for men. That's been clear for months. What's new is the anecdotal evidence of men beginning to apply for positions traditionally held by women. If the recent "mancession" truly has proven capable of influencing behavior by men, will we now see an uptick in the percentage of men earning college degrees?...


Boys First?

A commentary out of Kansas City arguing that while single sex schools might be helpful for girls, the boys need to go first....


If Only the Feds Took Academic Gaps as Seriously

Tiny gender gaps in athletic participation can trigger lawsuits. Huge gender gaps in academic outcomes can pass unnoticed....


Website Resource on Black Boys

From ETS, a spinoff from their recent report and conference....


Employment Possibilities for Some Autistic Boys

Most are boys, of course. Interesting option for those with Asperger's Syndrome or high-functioning autism....


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