Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The argument over the "boys' crisis" wages on...  

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I posted the other day about the American Association of University Women publishing a report that debunks the "boys' crisis" in education.

Today on Yahoo, I came across an article that argues against that report by claiming that there is, in fact, a boys' problem.

There was also opposing article that offers a counterpoint to the first article's argument.

I understand that boys may be falling behind in the sense that more females are earning degrees, but why is this viewed as a problem? If men are still earning more in the working world, and are still obtaining higher-ranking jobs than women because of the glass ceiling, then where is the issue?! Maybe women earning more degrees and graduating at a higher rate is the leg up they need to finally equalize the working world. Additionally, the first article writes that "women are earning 62% of associate's degrees, 57% of bachelor's and 59% of master's." I don't see a gap that is large enough to cause concern. So women are earning 7% more bachelor's degrees... so what? Are we ever going to experience a time when they are completely equal? No way. But again, let's look at the bigger picture here. I don't see any sort of "boys' crisis" in a world in which women are earning 77 cents for every dollar that a man makes. It just doesn't make sense.

Why don't we focus on the more important issues, that being the enormous discrepancies between the races and the classes? I posted awhile back about affirmative action, and I included some appalling statistics regarding the immense gap between white college students and black and Hispanic college students. Now there's a crisis.

What next?

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