How did we go from schools that shortchanged girls?

http://www.aauw.org/resource/how-schools-shortchan...

and made it "impossible for girls to receive an education equal to that given to boys"  

http://www.amazon.com/Failing-At-Fairness-Schools-...

to women earning nearly 10 million more college degrees than men? 

http://www.aei-ideas.org/2013/05/stunning-college-...

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  • 7 years ago
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    It would appear that whatever pushed for girls to gain parity with boys pushed a little too hard.

    But don't worry, feminists are not to blame... because they say so. Also, feminists are working on it! The rest of us also addressing the issue can go **** ourselves...

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Are you being reported? I only ask because I think you've posted this two times before now.

    Just about everything you want to know about women's education in America at least - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_education_in...

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    it seems boys need to be encouraged more in the education system

    starting with parents who are interested.......

    public education is basic - the rest is up to family and the individual

    unless people want to spend a lot more money on education

    EDIT - the question isn't a violation - it is a good question with citation

  • Elana
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    1: The Women's Educational Act of 1974: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_Educational...

    2: Title IX: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Title_9 (a blanket law that requires that programs/resources be equally available to people on the basis of the percentage of enrollment of their gender - for instance, if 50% of a school is female, than 50% of the school's phys ed resources should go to women EVEN THOUGH only 10% are actually interested in using them).

    3: In the West, due to litigation and the change in ethos in how we educate children, we cannot really punish kids for acting out - and this means that fidgety boys who want to act outs, get timeouts or detention or ritalin rather than focus. Girls show in study after study that they are better suited to classroom "sit down and study", especially early on and we've taken away most of the tools that teachers had for getting boys attention (no, I am not advocating beating children, but currently there is little reprecussion for misbehaviour in school).

    4: With ever dwindling budgets due, many schools have gotten rid of recess - which effects boys (who have far more excitement/energy to burn off) more than girls. Think of it this way: We have hundreds of thousands of years of evolution where boys and men evolved to hunt and defend the tribe, very physical lthings. Little boys evolved to develop these skills in their early years, precisely when we are NOW telling them to sit still in a class room and memorize their ABCs. Women evolved gathering food and taking care of children (which required socializing them). These skills are far closer to your average classroom.

    5: With the advent of the "No fault divorce", the divorce rate has risen substantially and the single parent household has become far more common. For reasons that have been discussed at length in this group, children are far more likely to end up with their mothers than their fathers. Several studies have shown that boys are particularly susceptible to failure in single parent households and particularly need a father figture to instill discipline with respect to studying. Without a father figure, they are far more likely to get involved in gangs, do drugs, etc. They suffer from a lack of a role model (see #6).

    6: Due to society's over-hyped fear of pedophilia, we have shifted from a reasonably balanced ratio of male to female teachers in K-12 to more than 90% female teachers in K-12, at least in the US. They grade unfairly against boys:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/02/16/female-...

    This means that boys, particularly boys from single mother households have NO male role models. This gets even worse with schools cutting extra curricular programs due to budgets (such as sports).

    7: Lately, the feminist institutions have become so powerful on University campuses ("women's studies", women's support groups), that campuses have become hostile to men. Men show up on campus and are immediately met with gender sensitivitiy programs and "Don't be that guy" signs. Universities now "judge" rape accusations with a "preponderance of evidence" (which is "more likely than not" vs. "beyond a reasonable doubt") in deciding to kick the accused off campus. In many cases, the accused is not even allowed to know WHO he allegedly attacked or what the evidence was against him. This makes college a more hostile place for men than for women:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100014241278873246...

    However, the single biggest element here is the fact that nobody sticks up for guys. Guys don't stick up for guys:

    http://www.apa.org/monitor/dec04/women.aspx

    Consequently, people are unlikely to say "Hey, that's not right, guys need more attention. Guys need more resources." Men who say they need help are shamed:

    http://boards.askmen.com/showthread.php?59837-Cata...

    Men who say that women are taking resources that should be given to men are called misogynists. We have a thriving institution of feminism which continues to push for more educational resources for women and fights redirecting any of those resources to men.

    Indeed, in the one place that men still do well in Universities, STEM, feminists and the Obama administration are fighting hard to apply Title IX to enforce equal enrollment which will have the effect of preventing qualified men from receiving educations due to the fact that there simply won't be enough women interested in applying (Universities don't get many STEM applications from women now).

    If they want more women in STEM, they need to get them interested earlier on in the process (K-12) rather than to stop the few guys who actually managed to make it through to college - that's just cruel.

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