The belief that boys and girls learn in different ways provides the foundation for the single-sex schooling movement. Is it true? Although this article doesn't explore gender separately, the skepticism is clear....


Economists have been clear about this for some time. And yet we continue to see arguments about why we shouldn't worry about the higher education gender gap. Don't we always need more male plumbers and car mechanics. I'm still waiting for that argument to be made by a mechanic or plumber, rather than some think tank conservative who sent his son to Dartmouth....


What Samuelson misses in this Washington Post commentary is the large attitude gap by gender. As my book documents, that divide (high school seniors indicating their college aspirations) is only about 25 years old. Before that time, boys and girls had roughly the same aspirations. Today, there's a chasm in educational attitudes. This is the key to understanding the "boy troubles." Whatever's causing it occurred only in the last 25 years, which means most of the usual suspects offered up for why boys are faltering can't stand up to scrutiny. If they didn't emerge in that time period, they aren't ...


New girls-only public school opens in Denver. The reporter compares how boys fare in literacy compared to how girls perform in math and science. It should be noted that the gaps there are very uneven. Boys tend to be far behind girls in reading and writing skills. On math and science, it's more of tie, depending on which test you're considering....


The Brits continue to turn in the best gender gap reporting....


Academic acceleration in the early grades has pushed literacy skills a full two years ahead, compared to 25 years ago. And that's why boys are struggling in school. A combination of boys being unready to absorb those skills -- and schools failing to adjust teaching methods to help them keep up -- is creating the gender gaps we see building in college graduation rates....


Another example of the "boy troubles" being a bigger issue in Britain than in the United States, despite the fact the gender gaps are roughly the same. This kind of coverage of the issue appears regularly in the British press....


Zero-tolerance discipline policies wreaking havoc among minority boys, finds task force. From the report: The report noted that the four-year graduation rate for African American males is 45 percent, and for Latino males is 43 percent. That "is staggering," Irizarry said. It drew heavily on data compiled by Project U-Turn, the city's major anti-dropout initiative, and worked with the Philadelphia Youth Network to organize groups of students and disengaged youth for focus groups....


Or just a statistical quirk? This is not exactly news. We've known for some time that women in major cities outearn men. I consider this look at unmarried young women as somewhat significant. It reflects the reality that women are better educated. The long term implications, I suspect, are more personal than economic -- a shortage of 'marriageable mates'....


And the conclusions are not always what you might expect....


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