Thursday, January 26, 2006

Boys in Crisis

When the "educational establishment" calls something a crisis watch out. That usually means someone has to do something to fix the mess. But what happens when the "crisis" was created by the very ones who want to fix it? Do we just go on letting them meddle and experiment on our children until they get it right? Sorry my children won't be guinea pigs in their laboratory.

Twenty years ago girls were in a "crisis". Now it's the boys turn says a cover story out in Newseek Magazine.
By almost every benchmark, boys across the nation and in every demographic group are falling behind. In elementary school, boys are two times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with learning disabilities and twice as likely to be placed in special-education classes. High-school boys are losing ground to girls on standardized writing tests. .....
And the list of woes goes on all the way into college. There are plenty of solutions offered by PhD types to this crisis. They now say we can't treat boys and girls equally anymore. Now "boy friendly" classrooms or segragated learning is the key to helping our boys. But won't that bring us back to where we were 20 years ago? Won't that just lead to a "Girls in Crisis"? Are we solving anything? Of course not. But that doesn't matter. It sounds good right now and that's all that matters.
One of the most reliable predictors of whether a boy will succeed or fail in high school rests on a single question: does he have a man in his life to look up to? Too often, the answer is no. High rates of divorce and single motherhood have created a generation of fatherless boys. In every kind of neighborhood, rich or poor, an increasing number of boys - now a startling 40 percent - are being raised without their biological dads.
That is the real issue. And despite how hard Uncle Sam tries he will never make a good dad. The sooner we all accept that fact the better.

Update: Some boys are fighting back the schools' bias against boys. How? They're suing the schools for discrimination. (HT: Joanne Jacobs)

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