Friday, January 29, 2010

The nation's schools are failing boys

An interesting article, with great data, on how schools are failing boys in particular:

The headline from The Washington Post celebrates yet another milestone: "University of Virginia picks its first female president." Meantime, the data continues to mount that our educational system is massively failing one gender: boys.

In a new book, "Why Boys Fail," Richard Whitmire points to a study that tracked every graduate of the Boston public schools in 2007. For every 167 women in a four-year college, there were only 100 men. Gender even beat race as a predictor of college attendance: Black women were 5 percentage points more likely than white men to be in college.

And it's not just Boston: Nearly 60 percent of all bachelor's degrees in the country go to women.


The nation's schools are failing boys

Last Updated: 4:13 AM, January 23, 2010

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