Your Mom Goes to College

And so do a lot of other fine women. In fact, women now make up 57 percent of college students, according to a recent report. Correspondingly, women have earned more than half of all college degrees in recent years, though they are still a significant minority of advanced degrees in some fields (like engineering). Women’s dominance on campus exists despite the fact that there are more men than women in the 18-24 age bracket in the United States (15 million to 14.2 million).

What does this mean? While more women in college is great news, where are the men going? Military recruitment isn’t exactly breaking records, and blue collar jobs requiring just a high school diploma aren’t exactly as prevalent as they once were, unless one is willing to move to Bangladesh. Boys are dropping out of high school and college, and apparently disappearing off the radar of many educators. If relative equilibrium between the genders is a goal of our institutions of learning (which it should be), schools need to start recognizing at the primary and secondary levels that boys aren’t succeeding and techniques need to be developed that speak directly to their learning styles. Heaven forbid that someday we’ll need affirmative action for men.

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