This trend was reported in my book. I'm skeptical about the reasons for the shift cited here. A lot of this is nothing more complicated than women dominating higher education and psychology being a favored major among women. The article is another missed opportunity to discuss campus gender gaps (and the need to encourage women to take on majors in the hard sciences or anything leading to business entrepreneurship)....


See the entire conference here. Plus, Edweek published a more thorough story on the session....


...Even as the marriage rate declines. Why? Because the better educated are marrying the better educated. Now, factor in the phenomenon of 57 percent of four-year degrees going to women, 62 percent of two-year degrees, and see where that logic takes you.......


From The Washington Times. From Deseret News. And the best coverage from RiShawn Biddle at Dropout Nation. Video of the entire conference is scheduled to posted on The Boys Initiative site by the end of the week....


From Prince George's County outside Washington....


Today's session written up by Education Week. Information about the briefing, and Tom Mortenson's report, on The Boys Initiative site....


First Book, profiled in the New York Times. From the article: When we imagine people without books, we think of villagers in places like Afghanistan. But many families in the United States have no children's books at home. In some of the poorest areas of the country, it's hard to find books for sale. A study (pdf) of low-income neighborhoods in Philadelphia, for example, found a ratio of one book for sale for every 300 children. Tens of millions of poor Americans can't afford to buy books at all....


British boys lack the "stamina" to read beyond the 100th page, according to this research. Based on my interviewing in this country, that's impressive. Many boys here would never think of engaging a book that far....


From the article: "History would tell you that boys are just not good at reading and writing," said Gilbert. "It's not that they, the boys develop later. It's that they develop differently. A six-year-old girl's brain is more similar to a nine-year-old girl's brain, than a six-year-old girl's brain is to a six-year-old boy's brain." In fact, a 2010 study released by the Center on Education Policy showed that among fourth grade students, girls outperformed the reading achievement of boys in all 50 states....


Men in charge of programming yearn for the good old days when women didn't dominate, writes Maureen Down in her Sunday New York Times column. Making them into 'loose' stewardesses reminds men is simpler times. Writes Dodd: A top female entertainment executive says "it's not a coincidence that these retro shows are appearing at the same time men are confused about who to be. A lot of women are making more money and getting more college degrees. The traditional roles of dominant and submissive roles are reversed in many cases. Everything was clearer in the '60s."...


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