The report from the Center on Education Policy should set the data foundation for future discussions. The conventional wisdom about girls doing better in reading while boys excel at math needs to be set aside to make room for the new reality, of girls and boys performing the same in math while boys lag badly in reading skills. Another myth that needs to be set aside -- that the gender gaps are really racial gaps. Open up the 50-state profiles and proceed directly to nearly all-white Maine, where you'll find reading gaps as wide as you'll see in any state. ...


This columnist in the Guardian lays out the argument that the absence of black fathers is the trigger behind the dramatic problems black boys are experiencing in school....


Temple University Professor Steven Zelnick lays out the theory that a coarsened culture has stripped young men of inspiration. Who could argue that popular culture has not become coarsened? And that has to hurt boys. My focus, however, remains on academics. In my book I profile schools that succeed with young boys growing up in poverty -- and a coarsened culture....


Wednesday, the nonpartisan Center on Education Policy releases its 50-state report on how boys/girls are faring on state tests. The state tests, which are given every year to all students in certain subjects, have to be considered the gold standard of gender gap snapshot measurements. The results will surprise you. As guest blogger for The Answer Sheet, Valerie Strauss's blog in The Washington Post, I offer my take on what this report means. To get the full impact of the significance of this report, I advise twinning it with the survey just released by MetLife on male/female academic ...


That's the cover from the Mr. 6-12 Economist, which continues to turn in great global reporting. Sex selection in China and India has produced gender imbalances that are far more dramatic than anything seen in this country (our closest: the gender imbalances among college-educated African Americans). But the basic lessons are similar, and worth watching. Just take this one sidebar, about the lonely bachelors in India. The lessons come in the shifts in social mores needed to adjust to the lack of brides....


Take a look at this graphic (right) from MetLife's latest education survey. One-stop shopping for laying out the problem....


Black college students majoring in the sciences are more likely to persist in their studies if they have black instructors, according to this study. But women who had female instructors were no more likely to persist....


This from a study of upstate New York high schools....


In my travels for the book research I was repeatedly told about male students not volunteering for campus activities. In short, they just weren't as engaged as the women. The Chronicle today has a good article about how to reverse that. (password protected)...


When appearing on the Michael Medved radio show to discuss Why Boys Fail I encouraged parents to let boys read what they want to read. I listed the Captain Underpants series as an example of books that boys, not teachers, may love. One alert listener (and book importer) urged me to take a look at the Horrible series of books -- British humor aimed at the level of boys....


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