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Monday, April 24, 2006

Boys & Girls

Traveling again, and as usual, picked up a copy of USA Today. They had this interesting editorial, which discusses the difficulty that many colleges are having with male applicants.

As boys slip behind, some feminists reject helping them
Backlash recalls fight a generation ago over attempts to help girls in schools.

With its powerhouse basketball teams, famed chemistry department and high rankings in college surveys, the University of North Carolina shouldn't be lacking for qualified male applicants. But UNC's current freshman class is 60% female.

There's no mystery behind the gender imbalance. North Carolina's female applicants take tougher courses in high school, earn better grades and score just as high on the SAT college admission tests. So the girls get more spots.

That same phenomenon is playing out across the country. Just as educators are beginning to address it, however, an unhealthy backlash appears to be developing. Some feminists, concerned that what helps boys might hurt girls, are denying that a problem exists — ironically in the same reflexive way that some men repudiated attempts to help girls a generation ago.

Then, USA Today (as always) provides space for a dissenting opinion. Marcia Greenberger from the National Women's Law Center steps up to the plate and makes an idiot of herself:
Problems plague both sexes
Recent reports on male students' crisis in schools are overly simplistic, divisive.

By Marcia Greenberger

Recent media reports about the “boy crisis” explore an important issue, but their generally overly simplistic and divisive presentation does a disservice to boys, girls and all those who care about both quality and equality in education.

These reports lump all boys into a single category, girls in another. They make broad generalizations that don't hold up under scrutiny and ignore serious problems that plague both sexes. The truth is that not all boys are alike, and in important ways they are more different from each other than they are from girls as a whole. And they both need help.
Girls are still segregated into low-wage career training programs in high schools across the country. For example, girls make up 98% of students in cosmetology programs, training for a career with the prospect of earning $10 per hour on average. Boys are more than 90% of students studying to be electricians, a field with the prospect of average earnings of $20 per hour.

Marcia Greenberger is actually suprised that 98% of cosmetology students are girls?! And that boys make up 90% of electrician students!!


The fact that Marcia is able to write those sentences and think that they make a compelling argument for her position is just unbelievable.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Comments (1)
Brian said...

Um, isn't 98% of the customer base of cosmetology students, women?

Don't 98% of girls spend some amount of time doing some sort of "cosmetology" as part of the normal growing up process?

So girls might be drawn to cosmetology, where men might not?