Evidence piles up that the youngest kids in the class don't fare so well....


Some hopeful advice on luring more women into technology pursuits -- assuming girls haven't fallen behind by fifth grade. From the interview: Q. What would get more women to choose careers in technology? Ms. MacLean: We need to get girls interested in computing by first grade. By fifth grade, it's game over. Computing has an image crisis. A boy geek subculture has grown up around gaming that involves violence. It's not something little girls aspire to. It's not about lack of educational opportunities for women. Smart girls graduate from high school with straight A's, go to college, and find themselves ...


Interesting panel discussion about what's doable immediately. Thanks to David Chadwell for spotting this one....


Black male chosen to oversee schools with a dismal record educating black boys. From the article: Last year, the Florida Courier highlighted a damning report titled "Yes We Can: The 2010 Schott 50 State Report on Black Males in Public Education," which revealed that America's public schools fail over half the nation's Black male students - with most of Florida's largest school systems scraping the bottom of the barrel. Florida's urban school systems, including Miami-Dade, St. Petersburg, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville and Tampa are among the worst in America in educating Black boys. Florida ranks 49th of the ...


That's the title of a new book on the topic. Another exploration of the marriageable mate dilemma. This time the recommendation is for black women to marry non-blacks. Okay, Oprah would agree. But what will the advice be for white women who increasingly face the same dilemma? From the Slate review: When titles for this book were being considered, perhaps Why Middle Class Black Women Can't Find a Man and How the Whole Problem Could Be Solved if They Would Just Marry White Guys didn't have quite the ring the publisher was after. But that's pretty much what Stanford Law ...


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We hit a new low in this series....


If you should choose to do some digging into the College Board's Initiative on minority males, here's a link explaining all the parts -- including a game to test your knowledge about roadblocks young men face on their way to earning a college degree....


Good analysis of the new book in the WSJ. In many developing countries, especially where only one child is allowed per family, families are choosing boys, which can trigger fallout from the operational sex ratio: Ms. Hvistendahl argues that such imbalances are portents of Very Bad Things to come. "Historically, societies in which men substantially outnumber women are not nice places to live," she writes. "Often they are unstable. Sometimes they are violent." As examples she notes that high sex ratios were at play as far back as the fourth century B.C. in Athens--a particularly bloody time in Greek ...


The more I read of the ETS report the more I like it. This is what the DOE should be doing. The report does compare gender outcomes within race/ethnic groups, a feature missing in many similar reports. However, I don't see much discussion (beyond the usual suspects) of why we see those gender gaps. I refuse to believe we can attribute the entire gap to drugs, gangs, etc. The recommendations are interesting, although I think the report writers give K-12 educators too much of a pass. I especially like the call to disaggregate data by gender. That's what is ...


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