One of my favorite data crunchers, MDRC, has done more work on the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program and the numbers look good. Eighty percent of the participants are male. The conclusion: --Program participants were much more likely than the control group to have obtained a high school diploma or a General Educational Development certificate (GED) (about 61 percent vs. 36 percent). --More likely to have earned college credits (25 percent vs. 10 percent). --Program group members were more likely to be engaged in productive activities. For example, 72 percent of the program group were working, in school or training, ...


Forbes does a decent job summing up the issues and recent evidence. What's lacking is a discussion of the controversies about "brain based" education. The piece points to the political debate (but misses the behind-the-scenes lobbying to curtail the single-sex public option): So far, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is the movement's most outspoken opponent. It has initiated three lawsuits--two currently active--against schools that have segregated classes by sex. One lawsuit against a Louisiana school board was settled out of court. The remaining lawsuits, one in Kentucky and a second in Louisiana, charge that the schools did not give ...


Here I am, talking about Why Boys Fail....


If you're interested in single-sex public education, South Carolina is the place to watch, and David Chadwell's bulletin the reading material you need....


The smartest commentator on higher education, at least by my measure, is Kevin Carey, who weighs in on the topic of whether college is for everyone in the Chronicle....


Not all the education news these days is dismal, Andy Rotherham and I argue in U.S. News & World Report. The developments we list are great news for inner city males -- especially the Houston charter schools....


Given what we know about gender gaps in reading, why don't reports such as this one from the Annie Casey Foundation break out the data by gender. Doing it by race and income doesn't begin to touch the problem. If No Child Left Behind had included gender as an AYP accountability measure we wouldn't have this problem....


So much for the theory from conservatives that feminists are to blame for the boy troubles....


This piece in the Times makes the case for earning that degree. Again, why is it that the case against college is only made by those who went to good colleges and made sure their children did the same?...


True, not everyone needs a four-year degree, but there's no denying that college, or some kind of post-high school education, is a requirement for more jobs, even if college skills aren't demanded....


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