I can't prove it through research, but as a parent I pick this factor -- avoiding tough and uncomfortable negotiations -- as a huge player. Women need to get a lot better at this, and the "cure" starts with parenting....


Separating boys and girls at lunch....


I think there may be a reason why the examples of students setting/achieving (non-sports) goals in this WSJ piece are all girls....


Developments from Seattle and West Virginia. I'm trying very hard to resist repeating my warning: What's the backup plan?...


Why is there no White House Council on Men and Boys? asks professor Mark Perry. Excellent question, considering the chapter titles he cites from the recent report on women and girls: 1. Women's gains in educational attainment have significantly outpaced those of men over the last 40 years. 2. Female students score higher than males on reading assessments and lower than males on mathematics assessments. 3. Higher percentages of women than men age 25-34 have earned a college degree. 4. More women than men have received a graduate education. 5. Women earn the majority of conferred degrees overall but earn ...


Irish psychotherapist attempts to answer a question being asked by tens of thousands of parents around much of the globe: My son has last interest in school. What do I do about it?...


Paul Krugman in the Times. (Which men are not earning at the same rate as women.) Does this mean degrees matter less? Much of this debate misses the point by measuring only the four-year degree, overlooking the reality that even many blue collar jobs require post-high school study of some kind....


I'd feel better about this plan if it didn't sound like a Hail Mary....


From David Leonhardt at The New York Times: One more thought on the Hamilton Project chart showing a big decline in men's wages since 1969: it is not depicting the wage history of a typical male worker. The typical 50-year full-time male worker, for instance, is not making 28 percent less than the equivalent man was in 1969. Instead, the chart is showing the combination of two disturbing trends. One, wages for male workers have been roughly flat over the last 40 years, after taking inflation into account. Two, many more men are not working at all. They are on ...


Review of the book "Crazy U" about the insane college application process (I've been through it twice recently) includes this about the gender imbalances: Matters have been complicated in recent years by the success of girls, who persist in outperforming boys academically in high school and outnumbering them in college. But a university may admit so many girls that a tipping point is reached, making boys even less likely to apply or, as Mr. Ferguson notes, "attracting the wrong kind of boys for the wrong reasons." Admissions officers have tried to rectify this problem by making schools more appealing to ...


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