This article from the Associated Press lays out the numbers. Census is usually a bit behind in the numbers -- this has been known for some time. What's interesting is the argument from NOW. Women flock to college because of pay discrimination? That's a new explanation for the campus gender imbalances, and one worthy of a chuckle. If that were true, women should have dominated colleges forty years ago when there was actual pay discrimination. These days, when economists say gender pay differences are rooted in very different choices men and women make in majors and career paths, the campus ...


Interesting article in Scientific American suggesting that the fight-or-flight response to stress is primarily a male phenomenon. Women under stress tend to bond. When reading this I thought of the book research trip I took to Cal State Fullerton. Why did women there graduate at such higher rates than men? The observation from professors: women bonded. When the professors formed study groups to help the students cope with the new and stressful challenges of college (the students were mostly low-income and minority) the women flocked to them. The men went their own way -- and paid a price....


The 2025 Campaign for Black Men and Boys. Sounds interesting, and badly needed. One caveat: I think separating this issue by minority group is a tactical mistake. Making this a "black" issue is just what the pushback movement wants. That way, the boy troubles become nothing more than repackaged racial learning gap issues. But if that were true, black girls would be experiencing the same problems as black boys. They aren't. In truth, black and Latino boys have a lot in common with the sons of white, working class families. They are all slipping behind in academics and some of ...


That's how the boy problems in Canada are described in this article....


This column in the Denver Post by the wife of the former Colorado governor should be mandatory reading at NOW and the AAUW. The longer you deny the boy problem, the more you risk your base. There's a simple solution that won't set back the girls: do for boys in literacy what was done for the girls in math and science more than a decade ago....


Men and women of faith should step into this issue, for the exact reason laid out in this insightful column by the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. A sample: Christian parents and all concerned with the coming generation should look closely at this phenomenon and ask the hard question -- why is it that so many young men are falling behind in educational attainment? What are we doing that allows or encourages boys to exit formal education at their earliest opportunity? Why do we accept at face value the fact that boys fall behind girls of the same ...


Probably for the same reason girls dominate school awards ceremonies. It will be interesting to see if a similar surge emerges among boys....


Here's the interesting thing about this research project I co-wrote for New America Foundation -- it should help men as much as women, and yet the program is mostly female. I suppose this shouldn't come as a surprise. Women earn 62 percent of all associate's degrees. And yet, given the impact of the Great Recession, where 80 percent of the layoffs are male, you would think men would start getting the message. Actually, that may be happening, according to Inside Higher Education. Regardless, if Obama plans to meet his 2020 goal of boosting this country back into the top of ...


I never miss a column by Verlyn....


Always worth reading Allington on reading, here in Education Week. Again, it seems to come down to teacher quality and professional development. Too many teachers simply don't know how to teach reading. One resource he recommends: Peter Johnston's Choice Words....


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