Too many children are being given anti-psychotic drugs to alter behavior, according to this research. What the article does not point out is that roughly four times as many boys as girls receive these drugs. From the article: Soaring numbers of children are being prescribed anti-psychotic drugs -- in many cases, for attention deficit disorder or other behavioral problems for which these medications have not been proven to work, a study found. The annual number of children prescribed anti-psychotic drugs jumped fivefold between 1995 and 2002, to an estimated 2.5 million, the study said. That is an increase from ...


It should, according to this study. I'm not so sure the experience is the same, and I'm betting this hurts boys more than girls, who are more likely to read traditional books....


That's the conclusion of this British study. I have not seen any studies in this country reaching that conclusion. What's interesting about this study is that both girls and boys did better when taught by teachers....


As pointed out in this letter to the editor in the Post, the efforts by small colleges to draw more men can backfire. If federal authorities/legal precedent concludes that granting admissions preferences to males is illegal, including preferences to fill out those football teams, then all gender weighting favoring men gets eliminated. Which pushes up the percentage of women, which in turn triggers Title IX sports restrictions, which in turn eliminates the football team. How about a female football team? That would work....


That question is debated in Danbury, Conn....


That's a strategy some colleges are using to attract men. Maryland's Stevenson College is the subject of a page 1 Post article today. It works, in a way. Until you realize everyone's playing in a zero-sum game here. I wrote about the same in 2008 while working on the USA Today editorial page and then wrote a blog about the larger trend. The New York Times beat me to it by two years. (Note to Post reporter: Stevenson has run short of males because of incarceration rates? 'I was going to 'jack that Beamer 'til I heard Stevenson was starting ...


That's the subject of two books reviewed in The Wall Street Journal....


DC schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, who wrote a great foreword for Why Boys Fail, is the subject of a biography I'm finishing that will be released in late January, The Bee Eater. The title comes from an incident when she was teaching in Baltimore and struggling to maintain discipline in the classroom. A bee flew through the window, which caused the students to dissolve into complete chaos. Rhee slapped the bee, popped it into her mouth and swallowed. Immediately, the class calmed a bit: she must be crazy, they thought, and therefore worthy of some respect. I'll keep blogging on ...


The New York Times writes a (nearly) great editorial today about the slipping proportion of science and engineering majors (we now rank 27th out of the 29 comparable wealthy nations) and somehow neglects to mention why this happening: the campus gender gaps. Look at this 2006 study of California public universities: the university population soared during the study time period but the number of engineering majors declined. Why? Because the enrollment increase were driven by women, who are choosing other majors. I've written dozens of blogs on the need to encourage more women to undertake majors in computer science/engineering (women...


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