It's easy to find family formation experts who predict that the wide education gap between men and women will not affect marriage rates among whites, as it has among blacks. Given the sharp increase in the use of sperm banks among unmarried, college-educated white women, I'm skeptical of that optimism. But a lot rides on this. I consider the "marriageable mate" dilemma the most important impact of the education gender gaps. Here's a new study summarized in the New York Times that explains the low marriage rate among black women....


The nation's pioneer in expanding single-sex options for parents, South Carolina, is pulling back due to budget cuts. Nearly 60 schools had to withdraw their offerings, the result of teacher layoffs. That's down from a peak of 220 schools offering the single-sex option. In my book, I profile a boys school in New York that's clearly working -- it's the highest performing public school at that grade level. Single-sex education can be effective, but it's not the only option for dealing with the boy troubles. And the fact that it's a more expensive option makes it an unreliable solution (that, ...


Failure to launch, a phenomenon accelerated by the recession, happens to far more men than women....


Collecting research on what will lure more women into STEM majors and careers -- an economic necessity created by campus gender gaps. If only the AAUW were more open to investigating the causes of those gender gaps in the K-12 years....


...and discovers what a lot of families already know too well -- the girls are succeeding in school, the boys ... not so much. Imagine the day when thousands of AAUW moms, many of them mothers of sons struggling in schools or mothers of daughters who can't find a similarly educated mate to marry, discover that the AAUW has spent years fighting the reality that gender gaps are a separate phenomenon from race gaps....


Valerie Strauss writes about a Playstation II study comparing boys who did, and didn't, receive the game. Guess which group fared better in school? I know, I know ... the games aren't good for anyone, and far more boys than girls get hooked on them. Still, I keep running across this: Which came first, the disaffection from school or the affection for video games?...


In my book I profile a KIPP charter school in Washington that admits inner city boys who are far behind the girls (not to mention the rest of the nation) in literacy and in three years turns out both girls and boys reading at the same proficiency. Lesson learned: You don't have to separate the sexes to do justice for the boys. This attempt in Baltimore to cripple a successful KIPP school there has been muted -- a big development....


Writing in The Chronicle of Higher Education about an op-ed I wrote that appeared in the Dallas Morning News -- a reprint of what appeared originally in the Chronicle. Make sense? Probably not, but Bauerlein is always worth reading (especially when he agrees with me!)....


Betcha don't. Here's a news flash: Most of the college graduation gender gap between Hispanics and whites is due to the lapses by Hispanic males. Hispanic women graduate at roughly the same rate as white males. Take a look at this AEI Rising to the Challenge Report. Graphic confusing? Read the text at the bottom of page 11. Wait, didn't Kevin Carey discover something similiar about black females and white males? Wait again! Carey is an author on the Hispanic report as well. That guy is everywhere!...


Reading expert William Brozo has updated his book, To Be a Boy, To Be a Reader, and it will be available in April. During my book research I leaned on Brozo for advice on reading instruction. There is no reason, he told me, why boys should not catch up with girls in literacy skills by fourth or fifth grades. Except they're not. Portions of the press release from the International Reading Association: New IRA book provides solutions for easing the male-female performance gap NEWARK, DELAWARE, USA--According to a new study from the Center on Educational Policy that analyzed state test ...


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