ERIC Number: EJ803149
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun-6
Where the Boys Were
Mortenson, Thomas G.
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n39 pA30 Jun 2008
The recent release of "Where the Girls Are: The Facts About Gender Equity in Education", by the American Association of University Women, presents an opportunity to review the extraordinary success of women in education over the last four decades. The release also presents an opportunity to review the failure of the entire education system--from kindergarten through college--to educate boys for their adult roles at work, in families, and as citizens. Boys are in a profound education crisis that has grown steadily worse, at least since the early 1970s. That crisis is the result of the failure of boys to get the education they need to qualify for the jobs that are available in the growing private-sector service industries that require extensive postsecondary education. Over the last century the labor market has been losing jobs usually held by men in goods-producing industries. Creating an educational system for boys as successful as the current system has been for girls will require rethinking how teachers educate boys. The current system has not worked for boys in 40 years. The author opposed to affirmative action for boys in college admissions because that deals only with the symptoms and avoids the underlying causes of male disengagement from learning. Instead, he believes that educators should focus on the new efforts emerging from recent brain research that is identifying fundamental, hard-wired differences between the genders. Where such differences influence learning, schools of education must incorporate that relevant new knowledge in teacher-training programs. They must understand and appreciate boys for who they are and stop thinking of them as defective girls.
Descriptors: Schools of Education, Equal Education, Females, Affirmative Action, Brain, Sex Fairness, College Admission, Males, Gender Issues, Gender Differences, Womens Education, Teacher Education, Labor Market
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