Diverse Issues In Higher Education reviews the literature on gender gaps, including Why Boys Fail....


That's the question raised in this Center for American Progress piece. Once again, however, I cringe when I see the pay gap tossed into the issue. That gap is an important issue, but not for the reasons cited. Women choose different college studies and pursue different careers and different pathways within careers. If women are going to dominate universities we need to persuade more women to take on science/math/engineering careers -- and launch more start-up businesses. When that happens the pay gaps will shrink to nothing....


A good argument is made in this Inside Higher Education piece that pushing more non-traditional college goers into pursuing college is a mistake -- college doesn't lead to a life in the fancy burbs. But the writer totters on some flimsy logic. Sure, many new jobs don't require a four-year degree, but most do require some level of post high school study. College, in some form, has become the new high school. And far too many men are missing that message....


Interesting book worth a look. This book and two others (Why Boys Fail being one of them) are reviewed in Youth Today. The review: Book Review Saving Boys What can be done to prevent them from failing? (June 1, 2010) View Comments Add Comment by Sara Fritz Wes Moore Two African-American boys are born into poverty in Baltimore. By coincidence, both are named Wes Moore. Both are attracted to the culture of the streets, but they take different paths. One turns out to be a Rhodes Scholar; the other is convicted of murder and spends most of his adult life ...


Andrew Sum from Northeastern University parses the layoff numbers for Massachusetts by gender, another attempt to assess the damage done to male employment. If this kind of hit doesn't convince more men to take higher education seriously, what will?...


The growing gender gaps in higher education, laid out by degree....


Take a look at this photo of the top ten graduates from a Texas high school -- they are all male, exactly the opposite of what you see elsewhere in the country. Officials there are under no illusion, however. They acknowledge they are an anomaly....


That's what the New York Times reporter keep asking, but a better question would be: why is anyone bothering to ask the question when the answer is so obvious. The world has become more verbal; boys haven't. Any test relying on verbal skills, especially a test given at that early age, is going to favor girls....


Frankly, I don't buy it, but you can read all about it here. To me, homework is a symptom, not a cause....


Children are seven times more likely to own a mobile device than a book, according to the study described in this Daily Mail article. Combine that finding with the recently discussed finding that academic success can be predicted by the number of books found in the home and mix it all together with the fact that the world has gotten more verbal, and ... you know where this headed, especially with boys....


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