“How to Make School Better for Boys” by Christina Hoff Sommers of The Atlantic

Here are some statistics and statements I pulled from an article published in 2013 by The Atlantic and written by Ms. Sommers.

“Women in the United States now earn 62 percent of associate’s degrees, 57 percent of bachelor’s degrees, 60 percent of master’s degrees, and 52 percent of doctorates. ”

“In the U.S., a powerful network of women’s groups works ceaselessly to protect and promote what it sees as female interest. But there is no counterpart working for boys—they are on their own.”

“In a series of scathing reports, the National Council on Women and Girls Education (NCWGE—a 38-year-old consortium that today includes heavy hitters such the AAUW, the National Women’s Law Center, the ACLU, NOW, the Ms. Foundation, and the National Education Association) has condemned high school vocational training schools as hotbeds of “sex segregation.”

“Young men in Great Britain, Australia, and Canada have also fallen behind. But in stark contrast to the United States, these countries are energetically, even desperately, looking for ways to help boys improve. Why? They view widespread male underachievement as a national threat: A country with too many languishing males risks losing its economic edge.”

“What can we do to improve the prospects of boys? For one thing, we must acknowledge the fact that boys and girls are different. In many education and government circles, it remains taboo to broach the topic of sex differences. ”

“Meanwhile, one gender difference refuses to go away: Boys are languishing academically, while girls are soaring.”

“It was wrong to ignore women’s educational needs for so long, and cause for celebration when we turned our attention to meeting those needs. But turning the tables and neglecting boys is not the answer. Why not be fair to both?”

Source:  https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2013/09/how-to-make-school-better-for-boys/279635/

The Atlantic Article
Source: https://static.independent.co.uk/s3fs-public/styles/article_small/public/thumbnails/image/2017/03/08/10/sydney-boys-2.png
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