We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Boys are more at risk than girls in the U.S. educational system. A MetLife study stated, "Girls appear to have an advantage over boys in terms of their future plans, teacher's expectations, everyday experiences at school and interactions in the classroom." Boys are less engaged in school, and less engagement means less success in the classroom; in fact, engagement with school is probably the single most important factor of academic success. Boys are more likely than girls to come to school without supplies and without doing their homework. Why aren't boys more engaged in school? According to Sommers, "schools today tend to be run by women for girls. Classrooms can be hostile environments for boys. They like action, competition and adventure stories. Those are not in favor. Games like tag and dodgeball are out; tug of war has become tug of peace, and male heroes have been replaced by Girl Power." Boys receive lower marks from female teachers, according to research done for the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance.
American schools are designed for scholars, and gals. The average guy just does not like to do as he is told, especially by a female. Furthermore, many guys like manual work. It feels good.
American primary and secondary classrooms have always been dominated by women. No teacher, male or female, during my times as a student would have thought of banning dodgeball or some such competition.
This makes sense. When you are in college or work at a college you can literally feel this and see it everyday. But most of the students, or at least the successful students, played the game. They learned what the teacher expected, what they liked, what their biases were and they played to this.
The good news is there are options for the men who opt out of the "college experience". Namely, the means to acquire the learning free from the campus and soon free of the professor who goes off topic or leans the lessons to far one direction or the other is rapidly coming online.
The universities still control the credentials but there is advancement on that front with competency testing as employers abandoned the time served signal.
Question, if men avoid college, can college retain its standing? Or will the prestige fade as the knowledge acquisition moves elsewhere.
A resounding YES!!! Do you have something going? How can we contact eachother? Contact me. I've been discussing this with my son, a Professor of Chemistry at an east coast university. My grandsons are 7 so I need to make something happen.