New term for them: "gender-specific."...


Sometimes I hesitate about blogging on this issue: it has nothing to do with the problem of boys falling behind in school. And yet, the national women's advocacy groups insist it does. Why worry about boys when women are paid less? That argument may be working ... something has to explain why the federal government refuses to even study the school gender gaps....


This from the Square Dots blog. Here's the trend at Cairo University: 1959--> Men = 68 (65%), Women = 36 (35%) 1978--> Men = 39 (34%), Women = 74 (66%) 1995--> Men = 36 (35%), Women = 81 (78%) 2004--> Men = 19 (17%), Women = 91 (83%)...


Things seem to be leaning that way. The new conventional wisdom: girls do fine in any school; boys need a boy-oriented environment. And there's more here....


Newsweek takes a look at the campus gender gaps and dips heavily into the what-it-means-to-be-a-man debate, which has always made me a little uncomfortable. I'm a reporter, not a clinical psychologist, so I'll stay focused on schools that level the gender gaps. In those schools, profiled in Why Boys Fail, the 'manliness' debate rarely surfaces. The goal should be to teach boys to read at early ages and keep them competitive with the accelerated literacy curriculum....


A look at the gaps by the International Business Times. fyi to the author: the military can't explain the gaps; nor can the number of men choosing the trades over college....


If that's what young readers want, that's what they'll get. Those of us who worry about what's lost in the interaction between paper and imagination will keep worrying....


Take note of what the teachers at this Massachusetts high school did to turn around learning there -- incorporate literacy skills into every subject. That's what I saw in the schools I profiled in Why Boys Fail that worked as well for boys as girls....


Chadwell's newsletter out of South Carolina on single-gender education is a national treasure. South Carolina plunged far deeper into this experiment than any other state and Chadwell does a great job trying to keep South Carolina teachers up to speed on best practices. My suggestion: the federal DOE should hire Chadwell to keep tabs on the national trend. If the DOE continues to duck single-gender research, the least it can do is monitor what's happening....


A disincentive for the Obama administration to launch any efforts to address the academic gender gap....


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