Who has the brighter prospects after being laid off from the Maytag plants? Fascinating stuff here....


Slate's Double X Gabfest, which includes Hanna Rosin, discusses the state of manhood, including Kay Hymowitz's book, Manning Up. Interesting discussion, except Rosin keeps insisting that women have been doing better than men in school for 100 years. Perhaps when it comes to GPA, but the relevant measure is college graduation rate, and those gaps are relatively new. Whatever is happening to men started only about 25 years ago....


But don't blame teachers, argue these teacher college professors. Hmmm. Aren't they supposed to be instructing new teachers on how to re-engage boys?...


Inside Higher Education writes about the decision by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to abandon its probe into college admissions discrimination against women. That's unfortunate, for a couple of reasons. First, the practice obviously discriminates against women who are penalized for their academic success by being held to a higher standard (although I completely understand why admissions directors do it; you don't want your campus drifting above 60 percent female). Men take advantage of that sex ratio, inviting abusive relationships. Mostly it's unfortunate because the investigation could have exposed the obvious failures by K-12 schools to educate boys ...


The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has abandoned its effort to research gender discrimination in college admissions that favors boys. In a 4-3 vote on March 11, the commission gave up on its probe, with the majority of the commissioners saying the data they received from the colleges and universities they selected were too jumbled to compare. (Sorry, there's no link to a press release; all I have is an uncorrected transcript of the discussion leading up to the vote to set aside the investigation.) In theory, the probe should not have been difficult. Some admissions directors and college ...


I've never bought into the conspiracy theory that boys are suffering because educators are cutting back on their freedom to run wild during recess. The successful charter schools I've visited made better use of that time, as written about here....


The problem in Florida is more boys than girls want to play sports, which exposes high school to gender inequity infractions. Immediate action is needed, say high school educators, to attract more young girls into sports. But boys can lag far behind girls in academic outcomes and no action is needed. It's good to know our K-12 educators have their priorities right....


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Great article in Inside Higher Education about women dominating undergraduate student populations (in most of the world) but men dominating university leadership posts -- and top leadership positions in business and government. Some of this phenomenon is probably nothing more complicated than waiting for society to catch up to the higher education realities. Witness the climbing number of women in Congress and the studies showing that in major cities young women out earn their male counterparts. Other pieces involve gender differences in negotiating skills, as pointed out in the article. And women making different career decisions to accommodate child raising ...


The numbers don't lie: Women were responsible for electing Obama and the Republicans aren't going to give up hope on the female vote. So we can expect to see more of this. There are 50 reasons why women earn less than men, and not many of the reasons have anything to do with discrimination. As the father of two girls, I would be the first to express anger if I thought discrimination was the driver behind the salary gaps. Bottom line: The politics behind this issue aren't going to change. The irony, of course, is that when I speak about ...


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