The Australians are way ahead of the U.S. in confronting the school gender gaps, but no closer to solving the dilemma....


Pam Allyn's Best Book for Boys is written like a guy wrote it, only a guy didn't. It's practical, divided into topics and ages, and offers quick descriptions after each title. Just what any parent needs walking into a bookstore or trolling Amazon. My favorite part is an extensive Q&A written in a breezy manner telling you just what you need to know: Question #21: How do you feel about "light" books such as Captain Underpants? Allyn responds: "I LOVE these books. They've been radically helpful in getting boys to read." (And then she follows with a thorough response.) ...


A founding mother considers the history of the day, and why boys were added....


Great story in the WSJ about China, where the world's most dramatic marriageable mate imbalance experiment is playing out. From the article: China has rolled out new population figures, unearthing--among a host of fresh data--some revealing information on the gender gap. The good news: China's gender gap is shrinking. The bad news: It may not be shrinking fast enough. According to figures released Thursday by the National Bureau of Statistics, slightly less than 51.3% of China's population is male, falling from just above 51.6% in the year 2000. According to the state-run Xinhua news agency, the current male-female ...


The AAUW is unhappy with my Inside Higher Education commentary lamenting the closure of the investigation into college admissions preferences granted to men. Lisa Maatz from the AAUW offers up their side, denying that discrimination exists. Really? Even though countless admissions directors at private colleges concede they do it? It is revealing that the AAUW is forced to contort themselves to "prove" their point: When looking at all colleges and universities, women enjoy a two percentage point advantage in admittances, writes Maatz. As the AAUW knows, this issue has never involved "all" colleges. Nearly all public universities stay away from ...


If this Texas proposal becomes a reality it will be interesting to see whether this will make college more appealing to men, who currently may view college strictly in transactional terms....


These are choices, of course, but the choices seem to be influenced by the education mismatches. Atlanta JC columnist offers her take on the issue....


Changing gender roles cited as one of the reasons. There's no way to break out the marriageable mate factor, but it's still worth noting the development....


Among workers, women passing men in educational attainment....


Think twice about that, I write in USA Today....


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