There has been a lot of commentary lately on how females are outperforming males in school. We’ve published a couple of them on our Opinion pages, including an op-ed Sunday by Kathleen Parker. The New York Times also recently reported: “Department of Education statistics show that men, whatever their race or socioeconomic group, are less likely than women to get bachelor’s degrees — and among those who do, fewer complete their degrees in four or five years. Men also get worse grades than women. And in two national studies, college men reported that they studied less and socialized more than their female classmates.” The Times also reported this week that male students are becoming such a minority on some college campuses that some schools are starting up football programs to increase male enrollment.
Is male academic achievement a problem that needs fixing — such as by adjusting teaching techniques to better match male learning styles? Or is it, as columnist Rowland Nethaway suggested, “time for American males, who have traditionally run society to suit themselves, to get a taste of their own medicine”?
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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