RiShawn Biddle from Dropout Nation on the key topic....


Fascinating story from The Times....


Great New York Times/Chronicle collaboration about the default majors -- undergraduate business -- chosen by so many college students. The lack of rigor is appalling. The article doesn't give the gender breakdown of those majors, but I'm pretty sure we're talking mostly guys. A slice of the story: One senior accounting major at Radford, who asked not to be named so as not to damage his job prospects, says he goes to class only to take tests or give presentations. "A lot of classes I've been exposed to, you just go to class and they do the PowerPoint from ...


True, I dislike this topic, but given that I ran a piece by a skeptic it's only fair I post this from The Washington Post....


Boys are doing well in math and science, even better than girls who take the same courses and earn higher grades. But they aren't enrolling in college, and then persisting to earn degrees, at the same rate as women. From Education Week....


Interesting column out of Oakland. Would be nice to learn more about that school....


Famed technologist Vinton Cerf lays out the problems he sees in our K-12 schools. Simply put, the culture is askew. And it can't help that we doing such a poor job educating young men -- those most likely to pursue science as a career. An increasing number of women are stepping up here, but the forward progress is too slow....


I have a confession: I really dislike the debate over whether women are discriminated against in pay. It has nothing to do with the boy troubles, and yet it is always cited when the boy troubles are raised. Which is why I am forced to keep the blog's library stocked with debates on the issue. This from the WSJ, which -- naturally -- takes the counter view on discrimination....


That's a good cause to be taken up by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, especially considering that only two percent of the nation's teacher are black males. As a broader solution, however, that cause has limitations. I've seen where boosting black male education leadership can help with graduation rates and passing along life lessons, but it is less clear to me that the gender of the person standing at the front of the class makes that big a difference in academic outcome. If it did, then KIPP wouldn't be doing such a great job with black boys....


From the article: The Council of the Great City Schools released a national study in November on the achievement gap between black male students and their peers. The national study showed black males performed lower on almost every indicator. It said black males were nearly twice as likely to drop out of high school, scored lower on SAT college entrance tests, earned worse test scores in reading and were more likely to be suspended or held back a grade than their peers. It called the disparity a "national catastrophe."...


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