Good Read: Is School Failing Boys?
In a recent Atlantic article, Christina Hoff Sommers makes the case that boys are increasingly detached from school, a fact that handicaps them for the rest of life. She writes that as college becomes increasingly important to success, boys are entering at much lower rates and consequently are falling behind. She’s adamant that society must face the problem:
“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. Many gender scholars insist that the sexes are cognitively interchangeable and argue that any talk of difference only encourages sexism and stereotyping. In the current environment, to speak of difference invites opprobrium, and to advocate for male-specific interventions invites passionate and organized opposition. Meanwhile, one gender difference refuses to go away: Boys are languishing academically, while girls are soaring.”