Saturday, September 24, 2005

135 Women Graduate College for Every 100 Men

Currently, 135 women receive bachelor's degrees for every 100 men. That gender imbalance will widen in the coming years, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Education.
Wow, that is a crazy imbalance that is getting little media attention.
Nearly as many men are behind bars or on probation and parole (5 million) as are in college (7.3 million).

While demographers and economists have a pretty good idea where the boys end up, educators are largely clueless about the causes. Some say female teachers in elementary and middle schools, where male teachers are scarce, naturally enforce a girl-friendly environment that rewards students who can sit quietly — not a strong point for many boys, who earn poor grades and fall behind. Others argue that a smart-isn't-cool bias has seeped into boys of all racial and ethnic groups.
Maybe instead of asking why so few women becoming science professors, Larry Summers should have asked why are so few men becoming teachers (or maybe they are two sides of the same coin).


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