RiShawn Biddle from Dropout Nation takes on Pedro Noguera's op-ed in the Daily News. I lean toward Biddle on this one....


The school board was skeptical, but parental interest triggered a green light....


Yes, the racial learning divides are the new civil rights issue ... but unless you acknowledge the gender gaps within racial/ethnic groups, you are never going to solve this issue. Presidential politics vs. educational reality: you choose, Mr. President....


Tomorrow, members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will consider a motion to revive the recently abandoned attempt to investigate college admissions bias against women (to draw in more men, even if they are less qualified). This issue contains some odd politics. On one hand, young men certainly need the boost and colleges have valid worries when a campus population rises above 60 percent female. On the other hand, these admissions preferences mask the very real problem of K-12 schools failing to prepare and motivate boys for college work. Want to see your government at work? Show up ...


Single gender programs discriminate, argues the ACLU. The court decision. (I won't have time to digest until later today.) But please ... weigh in!...


A new book by Kathleen Palmer Cleveland, Teaching Boys, advises teachers on how to turn around the under-achieving boys in their classrooms....


At Dropout Nation Biddle puts some creative thought into expressing the gender gap numbers....


Are online advocates preparing students for next generation jobs or only trying to save money on teachers' salaries? And does this approach help boys? I don't pretend to have any answers. I've heard from online advocates that they have reading programs that help boys succeed, but I have not had an opportunity to investigate....


Obama/Biden sounding the alarm. On many campuses (Yale being an exception), the problem arises from the very gender gaps described here. The research on the "operational sex ratio" is clear: the sex in short supply sets the "dating" rules. Do you really want 19-year-old guys setting those rules?...


New national study by Center for Education Policy finds eighth grade girls far ahead of boys in reading skills and tied in math skills. When looking at trend lines (2002-2009) among students scoring at the advanced level in reading, the report finds a growing gap in reading favoring girls in 63 percent of the states. What happens later in life as a result of these gender gaps? That's what CEP president Jack Jennings asks in this HuffPo essay. From that commentary: From elementary through high school, males are reading at lower levels than females. This doesn't bode well for future ...


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