Why, asks the campus reporter, do these gender gaps exist? What strikes me is how little the education professors there have even thought about the question. Their speculations weren't rooted in the reality that this is a relatively recent phenomenon. That's because there's no real national research to guide anyone on this issue. Yesterday, a book reviewer from The Washington Times suggested that my call for the DOE to step in with national research was a sign I had been in Washington too long. Perhaps, but I saw a federal investigation in Australia trigger some productive changes. Until U.S. ...


Veteran Washington Post education reporter Jay Mathews leads an interesting online discussion about what should be the primary factor for college admission, grades vs. the SAT or ACT. On the surface, colleges are pretty clear about that question. Good grades earned from taking challenging courses top the list of any college. Test scores, they say, rank second or even third. Personally, I'm skeptical that test scores rank that low, but we need to take them at their word. For males, this is nothing but bad news. GPA is boys' biggest weakness. That's why many colleges end up dipping deeper into ...


Brooks does a nice job weaving together all the reports on this issue. I wish he could have gotten into why boys are falling behind. Perhaps a future column....


The book: Fifty Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do). Described in this article, the authors encourage parents to let their children play with fire, etc. Sounds like my childhood, only my parents didn't know about it....


Okay, maybe the commentary here saying that women dominating the news business has altered coverage is thin, but it's early in the process. Expect more on this topic in the coming years. I come from the MSM newspaper business, and I've seen it become more feminized every year. My book, Why Boys Fail, includes a section profiling the ABC News Washington bureau chief, a pioneer in her field, watching over the years as women came to dominate most of the roles except for on-air, where the viewer-perception is that the genders are equally balanced. At local stations, the gender imbalances ...


That's the name of this unique resource partially sponsored by the International Reading Association. I often get questions from parents looking for help with encouraging their sons to read. This is the kind of site I like to recommend. This debate in the New York Times about schools letting libraries go is interesting, but falls short in one regard: What is the impact of online reading? I've been a consumer of research on this issue -- Is reading and writing online a major contributor to the literacy problems we're seeing among boys? -- and have yet to see anything conclusive. ...


....born to a highly educated white woman ... that's my take-away from this Times profile of Lori Gottlieb, author of "Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough."...


In Australia, some commentators are linking the disappearance of male teachers to a rise in crime. In viewing the male teacher issue it's important to keep two things separate: Do boys do better academically under a male teacher? And, do boys need a male teacher as a role model? My reporting indicates no to the first question, yes to the second....


Given that the U.S. Department of Education has nothing to offer schools on how to design successful single-sex classrooms, these anecdotal observations are worth noting. This from the Tampa Tribune....


Thanks to reader Scott Steinbrecker for pointing out this Atlantic piece on the changing economic relationships between men and women. Once again, the focus is on the economy, rather than education gender gaps -- the factor I believe will propel this development into the future....


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