Just consider the headline atop this story from England, passed along by Greg Toppo: 'The boys aren't good enough': Headteacher appoints two head girls as boys fail to make the grade The story is even sadder, as seen in the top graphs: The accolade of being chosen as head boy or girl is often the proudest moment of a pupil's young life. But one mixed comprehensive has dispensed with its tradition of having one of each - because the boys are not up to scratch. For the first time since it was founded in 1959, Acle High School in Great ...


Okay, that may distort Nicholas Carr's book a bit. You decide, by reading The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing To Our Brains. It's an important question, because if we're going to turn around the literacy deficits we see in boys we need to know if Internet-based strategies can be players -- or, if they will only make things worse....


Not that it will do much good to Larry Summers now, but Duke researchers make the same point that got him in so much trouble....


Ben Wildavsky, author of the The Great Brain Race, put in a lot of years at U.S. News, a magazine that has invested some good research into college gender gaps. Now, Wildavsky notes the international aspect of the gender gaps. An explanation for women faring better in college: one reason women have been outpacing men in earning degrees is their superior "noncognitive abilities" -- that is, as the authors spell out in their earlier paper, the ability to stay organized, prepare for exams, pay attention to their instructors, and so forth....


The Arizona Men's Christian Basketball Association will be delivered back-to-school backpacks to single parent families with young boys....


A new take on unemployment numbers, with a flash or two of ideology, from Mensnewsdaily.com....


...and the downsides of the Internet, as reported in a column by David Brooks. After four years of considering the "blame" that must be assigned to video games games, etc., I'm still undecided. For now, I'll embrace the power of the books and punt on the Internet-as-villain theory....


This piece in The New York Times shows much smaller wage gaps among younger women. A result of women becoming better educated and choosing more aggressive career paths or women gaining added legal protections against discrimination? My assumption is that the former explains most of it. This is relevant to the boy troubles because the national feminist groups resist school interventions aimed at boys by arguing that women still face pay discrimination. I realize there's no logical connection there; the issues are entirely separate. But in the real world of policy, that "logic" is a player....


Failure to adapt to an abnormal environment is why one in eight boys ends up with the diagnosis, argues psychology professor Peter Gray in Psychology Today. How convenient that we have this official way of diagnosing kids who don't sit still in their seats, often fail to pay attention to the teacher, don't regularly do the assignments given to them, often speak out of turn, and blurt out answers before the questions are finished. They used to be called "naughty"--sometimes with a frown, sometimes with a smile of recognition that "kids will be kids" or "boys will be boys"--but...


More on the diminishing fortunes of men in Newsweek: American women are already the breadwinners or co-breadwinners in two thirds of American households; in the European Union, women filled 75 percent of the 8 million new jobs created since 2000. Even with the pay gap factored into the equation, economists predict that by 2024, the average woman in the U.S. and a number of rich European countries will outearn the average man. And she'll be spending that money: as a new book on female economic power, Influence, points out, American women are responsible for 83 percent of all consumer ...


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