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We Need to Face Facts About Boys' Academic Struggles

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We Need to Face Facts About Boys' Academic Struggles

Newsweek November 15, 2022
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OtherCulture & Society

As the slogan says, "the future is female." On college campuses, that future has arrived. Women are now 60 percent of college graduates. The fading male presence in higher education has ripple effects—including male underemployment, falling marriage rates, and family instability—that should prompt concerns about the country's social and economic future. Dig deeper into the issue, however, and you'll discover that focusing on college, as many do, misses a big part of the problem. In fact, the education gender gap favoring girls goes all the way back through the education pipeline.

Trying to analyze this gender gap lands one in the middle of a red-hot culture war zones: the conflict over sex and gender identity. A powerful group of activists, educators, and academics seeks to dismantle—or at least, blur—the sex binary. But there's no way to help boys, or to alleviate the societal woes that follow from their struggling school performance, without directly confronting the fact that they develop differently from girls. The boy problem isn't going away, whatever pronouns kids want to use.

Continue reading the entire piece here at Newsweek

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Kay S. Hymowitz is the William E. Simon Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and contributing editor at City Journal. She is the author of several books, most recently The New Brooklyn. Follow her on Twitter here. Adapted from City Journal.

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