The auditorium at Santa Rosa Community College was full for this event....


Look no further....


Obama targets racial disparities in discipline. True, but what gets unsaid is that in many cases black boys act out in school because they'd rather get expelled than exposed as poor learners. The real issue is why so many black boys get to that stage in the first place. My book research pointed to literacy deficits that impact more black boys than black girls, shunting them into special ed, eventually leading to the discipline problems. Will Obama do it? Highly unlikely. This is the president who addressed the graduating class at Hampton University and somehow failed to notice the sea ...


Given the education differences, that's to be both expected and welcomed. I just hope the national women's advocacy groups can set aside their outdated "gender equity" campaign that has little to do with actual discrimination and move on to the more critical issue: persuading more women to major in areas of national economic importance: computer sciences, chemistry, physics....


From New Zealand, and it's not positive for males. But far better news from Ireland. I keep waiting for the recession effect to kick in here, and there's some evidence that's happening at two-year colleges. I'd be very surprised if we didn't see progress narrowing the higher education gap. Surely the "mancession" carried some sort of message to males....


This has probably been true forever. I found it everywhere in my book research travels. Both moms and dads hold their daughters to much higher school expectations, while telling themselves boys just take longer to mature ... let him express himself in sports. What has changed over time, however, is that in today's hurry-up schooling the boys often don't catch up. Instead, they arrive at their senior year of high school with poor academic preparation and limited higher education ambitions....


That's just an observation, but observations are all we have, given the refusal by the federal Department of Education to study single-sex education. Another experiment in Knoxville: Brother to Brother....


Why does it make a difference if women make up close to 60 percent of the four-year degrees awarded? Won't they just take the jobs that in years past were held by men? As the father of two daughters I like that notion, but in the real world it doesn't work out that way. Men and women pursue different interests, which is why the campus gender divide matters. As this piece in the New York Times appropriately asks: Where's the female Steve Jobs?...


A Rochester reporter does a good job describing an urban boys school there. My only quibble: articles like these should include the scientific skepticism about gender differences in learning styles. The verdict is still out on this one. Also, I've seen that research from Stetson University. It's great that we have the research, but even the Stetson researchers would probably concede that what they did falls short of the kind of national in-depth research that's needed on what works and doesn't work with single-sex education....


Stop by to hear Joe Manthey and I discuss the boy troubles....


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