The Chronicle of Higher Education (password access) publishes a good feature on boys from a Harlem mentoring program visiting colleges in the Washington area. Saving minority boys from tough neighborhoods should be an effort measured on the scale of a entire school district. Unfortunately, that's rare. I saw it happening on that scale in Long Beach, California, but after that the list gets short. I saw it happening on a school-by-school level, at charter schools, both co-ed and all-boys....


Interesting column in today's Chronicle of Higher Education about how economic changes affecting men more than women are changing expectations about marriage and child raising. (password access). The column draws on material in Kathleen Gerson's new book, The Unfinished Revolution....


Interesting gender gap statistics in this article....


Yes, it would help to have more women on Wall Street, as well as more women in politics and in STEM careers. With women dominating universities, it's important that more women pursue these careers....


This is a big story in England but generally an undiscovered one in this country. This Education Week story about rural "dropout factories" is excellent, except for ignoring the obvious gender angle. The data are there -- the main source for this article, researcher Thomas West, supplied some of the numbers for my commentary on the ninth grade bulges. West knows the gender numbers; you just have to ask him....


In truth, what makes the Title IX discussion so difficult is that in many cases it's about diminished number of men on campus. That makes the "equal" mandate painful to enforce, especially for colleges hoping to use athletics to draw more men to campuses. Catch 22. And yet, few want to confront that reality. I visited James Madison University shortly after an announcement that men's sports there were taking a big hit. That prompted demonstrations for and against Title IX, but not once did anyone point out the obvious: James Madison was struggling with the sports balancing because its campus ...


Lise Eliot and I look for it in this Education Week commentary....


I consider this one of the least reported-on aspects of the boy troubles. Here's my piece in USA Today. The Telegraph offers some insights from England, where the problems of working class boys are a prominent issue....


Thoughtful piece in Inside Higher Education....


A live Web conference is set for April 7 to launch male studies programs. From the press release: A gathering of academicians drawn from a range of disciplines will meet on April 7, 2010, at Wagner College, Staten Island, New York, to examine the declining state of the male, stemming from cataclysmic changes in today's culture, environment and global economy. The live teleconferenced colloquium will be chaired by Lionel Tiger, PhD, Rutgers University Charles Darwin Professor of Anthropology. It will encompass a broad range of topics relevant to the study of boys and men in contemporary society ranging from their ...


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