The New York Times lays out the political realities headed in the mid-term elections....


Two views on this increasingly popular proposal. From England. And from Scotland....


Michelle Obama gets weepy as she announces a White House mentoring program for girls. On what index are girls doing as badly as boys?...


The math behind the "equal pay" campaign may be sketchy, with economists telling us very little of the pay gap has to do with actual discrimination. But just for a moment, set that aside, and consider Valerie Jarrett's argument in the Post today: Women need to earn more because with so many men losing their jobs they have become sole supporters of the family. You have to admit: this argument has appeal....


The most-discussed difference between boys and girls is the male advantage in spatial reasoning, the ability to conjure up mental images of an object. Turns out that gap can be "trained" away....


Interesting story out of Oregon indicates the gender gaps may be widening further -- an increase in the number of girls taking the test, an indicator of college aspirations, accompanied by a slight drop in the number of boys taking the test. Nationally, far more girls than boys take the test, especially poor and minority girls, which skews the results and guarantees that national feminist groups will use the SAT scores as "proof" that boys are doing just fine. From the Oregon article: Susanne Smith, spokeswoman for the Oregon Department of Education, said the decline is alarming when coupled with ...


From the Southern Poverty Law Center: In 18 urban districts examined more closely, the average suspension rate for all students was 22.2 percent, double the average for all districts. The study found that 175 middle schools in these districts suspended more than one third of their black male students. Of those, 84 suspended more than half the black males enrolled. Schools with high rates of suspension were also found for other racial groups....


Once again, the Brits outdo us in reporting on gender gap issues. This holds true in the U.S. as well. Thousands of mostly black boys are shunted into special education only because they were badly taught. Can't read at grade level? ask the educators? Can't possibly be our fault. Let's put him in special education....


As this Inside Higher Ed article points out, this is a natural progression. When fewer men than women enter college and fewer men than women earn degrees once in college, this is to be expected. Colleges are bit players in the gender gaps. K-12 schools, especially elementary schools, are the major players. Not that anyone has told them, of course. National education leaders treat this issue like a bear trap: don't even think about getting close. That explains why President Obama delivered a graduation speech at Hampton University and somehow never seemed to notice that his audience was a sea ...


Just for a moment, let's pretend that U.S. educators suddenly realized that the gender gap is being caused by literacy deficits among boys. Just a fantasy, of course, given that the U.S. Department of Education appears to be allergic to any studies involving gender issues. But again, let's pretend. How long would it take it reverse the problem? Very long, according to this high quality research nicely summarized in Education Week....


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