Why boys are falling behind and why we have to fix it

posted at 12:31 pm on February 4, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Even addressing the issue of male academic underachievement can result in backlash from people incensed that society would bother caring about the disadvantages of men after spending decades and centuries ignoring the disadvantages of women. I understand that impulse, but as a person who cares deeply about her brothers, father, husband, and the possibility of raising decent men, should the opportunity arise, I have to care. Many others would no doubt feel the same if the problem were addressed with any frequency.

As Christina Hoff Sommers writes in the New York Times, “fairness today requires us to address the serious educational deficits of boys and young men. The rise of women, however long overdue, does not require the fall of men.”

Sommers highlights a new study that sheds light on how early boys are falling behind and why.

Boys score as well as or better than girls on most standardized tests, yet they are far less likely to get good grades, take advanced classes or attend college. Why? A study coming out this week in The Journal of Human Resources gives an important answer. Teachers of classes as early as kindergarten factor good behavior into grades — and girls, as a rule, comport themselves far better than boys.

The study’s authors analyzed data from more than 5,800 students from kindergarten through fifth grade and found that boys across all racial groups and in all major subject areas received lower grades than their test scores would have predicted.

The scholars attributed this “misalignment” to differences in “noncognitive skills”: attentiveness, persistence, eagerness to learn, the ability to sit still and work independently. As most parents know, girls tend to develop these skills earlier and more naturally than boys.

No previous study, to my knowledge, has demonstrated that the well-known gender gap in school grades begins so early and is almost entirely attributable to differences in behavior. The researchers found that teachers rated boys as less proficient even when the boys did just as well as the girls on tests of reading, math and science. (The teachers did not know the test scores in advance.) If the teachers had not accounted for classroom behavior, the boys’ grades, like the girls’, would have matched their test scores.

Sommers, author of the “War Against Boys,” expresses optimism about the burgeoning scholarship on male underachievement and wonders why we can’t put a push on attracting boys with new methods, just as we have with attracting girls to math, science, and technology fields.

The achievement gap exists across all races and socioeconomic classes, but it’s particularly pronounced in minority communities, where the numbers are shocking. Closing the racial achievement gap depends on helping these young men:

A third reason: improving the performance of black, Latino and lower-income kids requires particular attention to boys. Black women are nearly twice as likely to earn a college degree as black men. At some historically black colleges, the gap is astounding: Fisk is now 64 female; Howard, 67 percent; Clark Atlanta, 75 percent. The economist Andrew M. Sum and his colleagues at the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University examined the Boston Public Schools and found that for the graduating class of 2007, there were 191 black girls for every 100 boys going on to attend a four-year college or university. Among Hispanics, the ratio was 175 girls for every 100 boys; among whites, 153 for every 100.

One of the many reasons I like school choice, charter schools, and magnet schools is they give educators the flexibility to try new methods for different school populations, and parents the freedom to choose what works for their children. A couple ideas:

WHAT might we do to help boys improve? For one thing, we can follow the example of the British, the Canadians and the Australians. They have openly addressed the problem of male underachievement. They are not indulging boys’ tendency to be inattentive. Instead, they are experimenting with programs to help them become more organized, focused and engaged. These include more boy-friendly reading assignments (science fiction, fantasy, sports, espionage, battles); more recess (where boys can engage in rough-and-tumble as a respite from classroom routine); campaigns to encourage male literacy; more single-sex classes; and more male teachers (and female teachers interested in the pedagogical challenges boys pose).

Sommers also explores vocational high schools with a hands-on engineering and mechanics focus coupled with rigorous academic standards as a way to enthrall young men and reward them for achievement in more traditional areas.

The success of boys is important to all of us— to the economy, to every racial and economic group, and at the risk of sounding old-fashioned, to the generations of educated women we’ve produced who might like reliable, successful partners with whom to share their lives and raise another generation of successful boys and girls.*

*No, I’m not dismissing the concerns of gay men and women looking for mates, but the problem of educationally mismatched women and men is particularly problematic for heterosexual women.

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Check your privilege ladies.

MechanicalBill on February 4, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Actions always have consequences.

Most all people are now eunuchs, neither strong men nor strong women.

Just look around at any airport. The hallways are full of idiotic nondescript creatures.

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Woemen demanded equality.

Now they have it (except for Egypt, Afghanistand and the other crapistans of the world, for which the left don’t care one iota), which was a demotion, for the obtuse.

Men have been suppressed.

The world deserves its eunuchyiness and it shows all around.

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Boys have less time to self-develop because they are just busier – unlike girls, they always have a toy to play with.

Archivarix on February 4, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Woemen = women

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2013 at 12:36 PM

*No, I’m not dismissing the concerns of gay men and women looking for mates, but the problem of educationally mismatched women and men is particularly problematic for heterosexual women.

Mary Katharine, the fact that you felt it necessary to include this “disclaimer” at the conclusion of your article says far more about the absolute mess our culture is in than anything else in the article itself.

Shump on February 4, 2013 at 12:36 PM

The entire world is moving toward unisexed gayness.

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2013 at 12:37 PM

As a mother to a son this is a huge deal for me. (and if I want my daughter to have a decent pool of men to choose from if she wants one than this should matter to me also).

My son has “tender little feelings” and serious issues following direction. All of his teachers are female except his gym teachers. We have a relative failing middle school (he is male). He did much better when he had male teachers. The school system refused to hold him back despite parents’ request.

Now they (and we ) are pushing big bucks for Sylvan Tutoring. My son tests well above grade level in some areas, but on others (particularly attention issues) he falls very short. When he does poorly it affects his performance at school.

I follow mommy bloggers regularly and they never discuss this. Yes, it is a liberal site, but the issues of boys underachieving at school is not a new one. These women pay no attention.

If we love our boys than we should care. If we want our daughters to pursue stay-at-home mom lifestyle with a decent guy than we should care. This is an issue for a society.

Stop telling me how much you care about kids (Newtown, gun control) if you are willing to overlook the needs of 50% of them.

earlgrey133 on February 4, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Feminization of the American male.

Thats the reason. The evidence is the growing use of European Manbags.

Bullying and competitive sports have a purpose in life. Just look at any other species. Only the “best” males get to mate.

Not here. Nope, here we can see images of the hottest women making out with total geeks. What does this imply to all the geeks, like Walter? That they have a chance.

And its a lie.

BobMbx on February 4, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Schools fail to recognize the difference between little boys and little girls, and want the little boys to act like the little girls. Little girls do much better at sitting down and paying attention, and when a little boy acts like a little boy, they want to diagnose them with ADD or ADHD.

American Patriot1980 on February 4, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Eh, the answer to identity politics in not more identity politics.

sauldalinsky on February 4, 2013 at 12:41 PM

earlgrey133 on February 4, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Just curious….what subjects are your son under-performing at?

(And yes, that sentence was ended with a preposition….Grammar Nazis not needed)

BobMbx on February 4, 2013 at 12:42 PM

The schools are punishing boys for acting like boys, and then are shocked by the end results.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 4, 2013 at 12:43 PM

WHAT might we do to help boys improve?

Wait a minute–if boys and girls can score equally well on standardized tests yet the boys get lower grades because of the teachers using other factors, I don’t see the need for boys to ‘improve’. What needs to be fixed are the attitudes of the teachers. How many of them go into the classroom with preconceived notions of ‘social justice’ learned at the colleges they attended?

If boys need to ‘improve’, fix the staff and methods first. Some excellent ideas are stated there. But, to be honest, I can’t see the liberals letting them last. If an all-male class starts outperforming other classes, how long until some lib administrator says ‘that’s unfair’ and demands girls be let in, too. Then there goes one fix.

The way this country is run the past fifty years, men and boys will remain second-class citizens and always under suspicion.

Liam on February 4, 2013 at 12:43 PM

One of the many reasons I like school choice, charter schools, and magnet schools is they give educators the flexibility to try new methods for different school populations,

Silly MKH, those school do not properly engage in Marxist indoctrination and therefore must be crushed out of existence lest they pollute America with intelligent educated self reliant capitalist inclined Conservative patriotic citizens.

SWalker on February 4, 2013 at 12:44 PM

The way this country is run the past fifty years, men and boys will remain second-class citizens and always under suspicion.

Liam on February 4, 2013 at 12:43 PM

In 1958 Cleon Skousen, conservative American constitutionalist and Mormon apologist wrote a book called The Naked Communist. In which he outlined the Marxist strategy to destroy the United States of America from the inside out. U.S. Congressman Albert S. Herlong, Jr. of Florida, on January 10, 1963 read into the US Congressional Record a list compiled from The Naked Communist detailing the steps that the Marxist planned to take to achieve exactly that goal….

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

SWalker on February 4, 2013 at 12:47 PM

earlgrey133 on February 4, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Most of my teachers were women, and they tended to demand more from the boys. They expected the girls to perform well, and so put pressure on us to match up.

Not today, though. The attitude toward girls remains the same, but the mistrust of the nature of boys compels teachers to just give out lower grades and leave it at that. You’d almost think these teachers are out to punish boys for the ‘sexism’ of the past.

Liam on February 4, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Even addressing the issue of male academic underachievement can result in backlash from people incensed that society would bother caring about the disadvantages of men after spending decades and centuries ignoring the disadvantages of women. I understand that impulse . . .

What?

Axe on February 4, 2013 at 12:48 PM

You mean the War Against Boys for the past 30 years actually did what they wanted it to do and now they want to fix it?

LoganSix on February 4, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Just curious….what subjects are your son under-performing at?

(And yes, that sentence was ended with a preposition….Grammar Nazis not needed)

BobMbx on February 4, 2013 at 12:42 PM

First, I have no legs to stand on for being a grammar Nazi.

The subject we started Sylvan with is math. he’d go nearly the entire quarter with a 95, and then at the end we’d get a stack of D’s and even F papers. This happened two quarters straight. They actually test him above grade level, but he didn’t have his math facts (4+4 = 8, 5+ 4 =9). Doing poorly on tests just made my child melt down and declare himself stupid. I can’t have that.

He has a tendency to skip whole sections on papers or misunderstand directions. He’ll get a whole bunch of questions right, than bam about 5-6 questions in a row wrong.

Recently we have seen his grades slide in language arts as well, but then they tell us he reads at 3.8 grade level and he is in 2nd grade. We have bought him a desk for his room to study, gotten him glasses (far-sighted) and now we are trying tutoring.

We didn’t know this before, but Sylvan also offers homework support, which might have been a better way to go than enroll him in this long math program.

His cousin is in an entirely different situation (divorced parents, much lower grades), but I strongly believe that more emphasis on the needs of boys would help him and my son.

If they offered single sex classrooms. I’d be all for it. Little girls also pick on my son as well. He is an easy target because he is so sensitive. School is very female dominated for him.

earlgrey133 on February 4, 2013 at 12:50 PM

False premise, MKH. Boys are not “falling behind”. They strategically hold back and let girls pass to ogle their butts from the best angle.

Archivarix on February 4, 2013 at 12:50 PM

This is the exact reason why my son went to an all boys Catholic High School.

In sixth grade in a parent/student/teacher conference the teacher asked my son why he never raised his hand to answer math questions (he was the top student in math.) He responded – you never call on the boys so why should I waste my time.

DanvilleMom on February 4, 2013 at 12:52 PM

This has nothing to do with boy/girl. Everything to do with single parent/married parents. Stay married and these statistics do not apply to you and your children.

brirodg on February 4, 2013 at 12:53 PM

As Christina Hoff Sommers writes in the New York Times, “fairness today requires us to address the serious educational deficits of boys and young men. The rise of women, however long overdue, does not require the fall of men.”
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Amen!!

canopfor on February 4, 2013 at 12:55 PM

My son had a horrible first grade teacher who openly despised boys. He has ADHD, and she picked on him constantly and humiliated him by making assignments that required great attention to detail and then posting the results in the classroom so all could see how poorly he did. He was the classic “can’t sit still Bill” and we had to spend a lot of time from then on making sure his teachers understood why he acted the way he did in class.

He had a lot of trouble remembering and finishing homework assignments. His standardized test scores were off the charts, and he consistently got As on exams and papers, but he ended up with only a 3.4 GPA because of all the missed homework. He still struggles with homework in college.

rockmom on February 4, 2013 at 12:56 PM

False premise, MKH. Boys are not “falling behind”. They strategically hold back and let girls pass to ogle their butts from the best angle.

Archivarix on February 4, 2013 at 12:50 PM

I think there’s truth in your snark, if one digs. :)

Here’s something inflammatory. What happens when the kitchen at Christmas fills with women?

Axe on February 4, 2013 at 12:56 PM

The best cure for this is to stop treating the sexes as “fully equal”. There are some things that boys are better at than girls. Play to their strengths and you will find success. For most parents, this will mean pulling kids out of public school (when I get to that age, I won’t send my kids to indoctrination camps).

nobar on February 4, 2013 at 12:57 PM

The schools are punishing boys for acting like boys, and then are shocked by the end results.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 4, 2013 at 12:43 PM

annoyinglittletwerp:So true:)

canopfor on February 4, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Here’s something inflammatory. What happens when the kitchen at Christmas fills with women?

Axe on February 4, 2013 at 12:56 PM

TONS OF HOT, DELICIOUS FOOD!

BobMbx on February 4, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Oh for goodness sake, this is a huge issue.
Schools have changed significantly in the last 13 years and boys have a hell of a time performing to their academic potential.
I’m talking young boys. The schools are completely uninterested in figuring it out.
On line charter schools are thriving, not only with boys, and overwhelmingly these parents realize that there is a serious problem at the neighborhood school.

ORconservative on February 4, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Here’s something else inflammatory: Feminists don’t want to put boys back on their own rail because the results would be embarrassing.

Axe on February 4, 2013 at 1:01 PM

brirodg on February 4, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Spawn’s dad and I divorced in ’98…and we agreed that he should live with his dad. Sure, I was involved in his life-but his dad was THERE. It made ALL the difference. In May, he gradated high school with high honors.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 4, 2013 at 1:02 PM

TONS OF HOT, DELICIOUS FOOD!

BobMbx on February 4, 2013 at 12:59 PM

lol — finally. Someone making sense.

Axe on February 4, 2013 at 1:02 PM

A couple of the solutions are rather simple but woe to anyone that actually suggests them to academia.

Recess- Lots of it and limited or no supervision or organization. The boys are medicated beyond belief anymore since it’s borderline criminal behavior to demand a 7-10 year old boy to sit still, pay atention and not misbehave. Insted just load them up with Ritalin and other ADDH drugs.

Discipline – boys respect the alpha male. The alpha male at parochial schools was the nun/teacher that adminstered quick and immediate justice. After a while all but the most stubborn or messed up student relented and respected the teacher. The nun’s did not hold grudges and everyday commanded the respect and attention they deserved.

Needless to say these are alien concepts to our era of political correctness and have no chance of ever really being discussed rationally.

acyl72 on February 4, 2013 at 1:03 PM

rockmom on February 4, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Spawn also has ADHD. at the beginning of 8th grade, he requested to go off his ADHD meds. We agreed-but if things went south… He was on honor roll/high honor roll EVERY quarter from then on.
Despite his young age-he he knew what he needed.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 4, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Most problematic kids in school are bored out of their mind. I hardly ever encounter an inattentive kid when they are being challenged. No child left behind should be called no child interested in the boring crap we are forced to learn.

Elchasebo on February 4, 2013 at 1:06 PM

earlgrey133 on February 4, 2013 at 12:50 PM

From personal experience (both myself and my son), he sounds bored at the grade level. Push him up a grade. You’ll have to fight for it, though. I ended up calling the principal and School District head “assholes” in a meeting about my son skipping a grade. We got it done, though. That was in the second grade (which he skipped). Since then, he’s gotten straight As (now a freshman in college GO VaTECH!).

What happens is the student gets bored and then loses focus. They get bored because the class can only progress as fast as the slowest student (can’t fail a kid anymore, so they just progress with the rest…slowing everything down). Once the focus is lost, the grades drop.

Push him up. Don’t send him the message that he’s the problem by adding tutoring and what we used to call “slow class”.

Thats the worst solution. There, he’ll just confirm what everyone seems to be saying…”you’re stupid”, but its ok.

Your son probably has a high IQ, and learns things very quickly. If so, fight like hell to get him tested and moved up. Keep him challenged by moving him forward.

BobMbx on February 4, 2013 at 1:07 PM

I think the issue here is the feminization of little boys. Let boys be boys period .

celticdefender on February 4, 2013 at 1:10 PM

A cause can be and often is,important, even vital, without labeling it ‘the war on _____’.

This has to be one of the most often misused and overused, worn and tired, phrases tossed about in the media today.

Personally, I’m very much in favor of academic achievement for all students. In fact, I very much favor finding means to make all pupils true students. I just don’t think we have to vilify any one side of the issue by declaring it a ‘war on _____’ ( men or women, boys or girls, just fill in the blank).

Boys and young men are falling behind. Fine. Let’s find a way to get their attention and motivate them to apply themselves and let’s find a way to get teachers and professors aware of the problem and working on means to better communicate with them and educate them. In any case, there’s no need for yet another social ‘war’.

thatsafactjack on February 4, 2013 at 1:12 PM

I think the issue here is the feminization of little boys. Let boys be boys period .

celticdefender on February 4, 2013 at 1:10 PM

What–and raise a whole new generation of potential rapists, wife-beaters, and child-abusers? Heavens to Betsy, no! /

Liam on February 4, 2013 at 1:12 PM

This has nothing to do with boy/girl. Everything to do with single parent/married parents. Stay married and these statistics do not apply to you and your children.

brirodg on February 4, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Sorry but you are wrong about this. I have been married for nearly 30 years and raised both a son and a daughter. Both my kids had high IQ’s but my daughter consistently was viewed as a much better student. My son beat my daughter’s scores on AP tests in almost all categories and had higher SAT’s yet received far lower grades than my daughter and female students in his classes. There is something wrong with this picture.

Before we blame missing fathers etc we ought to look at the whole picture. I analyzed this to death over the last 12 years – believe me. I looked at every possible character flaw of my children and myself for answers. When a truly nice kid like my son gets lumped into a category that would presume his father was missing or he didn’t try or he was not made into a man or something, I take offense. There is blatant discrimination towards boys in public schools. Any parent who has watched a child go through the education system can tell you if they have paid the slightest attention.

The one exception with boys is Asian boys in public schools. Yes Asian parents do an exceptional job instilling qualities for academic success in boys and girls. Teachers also view Asian students differently than they view other boys. Teachers expect these students to outperform and consequently they manage to notice it when they do so. If you think teachers attitudes don’t matter you are missing a big part of the picture.

msmveritas on February 4, 2013 at 1:13 PM

I think the issue here is the feminization of little boys. every aspect of our culture. Let boys be boys period .

celticdefender on February 4, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Cleombrotus on February 4, 2013 at 1:14 PM

On a visit to Aviation I observed a classroom of 14- and 15-year-olds focused on constructing miniaturized, electrically wired airplane wings from mostly raw materials. In another class, students worked in teams — with a student foreman and crew chief — to take apart and then rebuild a small jet engine in just 20 days. In addition to pursuing a standard high school curriculum, Aviation students spend half of the day in hands-on classes on airframes, hydraulics and electrical systems. They put up with demanding English and history classes because unless they do well in them, they cannot spend their afternoons tinkering with the engine of a Cessna 411.

This is important. We as a nation have demonized and de-legitimized blue collar and vocational work. Men with calluses on their hands used to be seen as hard-working providers with a solid skill-set. Now they are seen as unnecessary.

Washington Nearsider on February 4, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Speaking of Women……………..

******Samantha Powers Alert ***************

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 02/04/2013
Foreign policy aide Samantha Power leaving administration
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/post/foreign-policy-aide-samantha-power-leaving-administration/2013/02/04/8b3c5138-6ede-11e2-ac36-3d8d9dcaa2e2_blog.html

canopfor on February 4, 2013 at 1:17 PM

earlgrey
Have you had him tested for dyslexia? Sounds exactly how we discovered my son’s dyslexia.

americanmama on February 4, 2013 at 1:19 PM

thatsafactjack on February 4, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Nope. I get it now.

#waronwomen

*suits up*

Axe on February 4, 2013 at 1:21 PM

canopfor on February 4, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Amazing how many people are leaving the Administration. Makes me wonder what they know that we don’t.

Liam on February 4, 2013 at 1:21 PM

They need school choice to force teachers to be better. In elementary school, I had crappy teachers and did crappy. When I had good teachers, I did good.

In high school, I wanted to learn math, but when I had a question my teacher would yell at me for asking for clarifications. She marked my assignments off because I wouldn’t show the work, because I didn’t know how. I’d still get partial credit, but she would yell at me that I needed to show my work. I would ask, but she would scream. This resulted in me getting a D my first quarter, F my second, but on my final for the class I got a B, when I didn’t need to show my work.

The teachers need to compete. It should be a crime to get paid without having to work for it.

Snow Soul on February 4, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Speaking of Women……………..

******Samantha Powers Alert ***************

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 02/04/2013
Foreign policy aide Samantha Power leaving administration
*********************************************************

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/post/foreign-policy-aide-samantha-power-leaving-administration/2013/02/04/8b3c5138-6ede-11e2-ac36-3d8d9dcaa2e2_blog.html

canopfor on February 4, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Look for the criminal scandal that caused this, this is also probably the reason for Obummer pointing to Gay’s in the Boy Scout’s as a bright shiny Squirrel.

SWalker on February 4, 2013 at 1:23 PM

It should be a crime to get paid without having to work for it.

Snow Soul on February 4, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Welcome to the TEA Party.

BobMbx on February 4, 2013 at 1:26 PM

It should be a crime to get paid without having to work for it.

Snow Soul on February 4, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Half of the country would be in prison.

Of course, if Obama gets his way, the other half will be in prison.

Washington Nearsider on February 4, 2013 at 1:28 PM

I beat both my sisters in school. Some of the problem is parents cannot discipline their spawn and blame ADHD. The public school systems are atrocious – and extremely easy. It takes zero effort to get 4.0s in school from K through 12. For God’s sake, some kids are still doing adding and subtracting negative numbers at 18 years old!

antisense on February 4, 2013 at 1:32 PM

You’d almost think these teachers are out to punish boys for the ‘sexism’ of the past.

Liam on February 4, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Actually, that is exactly what is happening, although many of them don’t even realize it. The most liberal (and I mean really, really liberal) departments in almost all colleges and universities are the education departments. The fact that Bill Ayers is a celebrated academic amongst education professors should be evidence enough of this fact. The lefist pop-psychology and ahistorical nonsense that is repeated ad nauseum in these departments is shocking … and they are the ones training all of our elementary and secondary school educators. Radical feminism, marxism, identity politics, and more are common subjects at their conferences. None of it is open to criticism. Read mindingthecampus.com for some very depressing peeks behind the educational department curtain.

studentofhistory on February 4, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Actually, that is exactly what is happening, although many of them don’t even realize it. The most liberal (and I mean really, really liberal) departments in almost all colleges and universities are the education departments. The fact that Bill Ayers is a celebrated academic amongst education professors should be evidence enough of this fact. The lefist pop-psychology and ahistorical nonsense that is repeated ad nauseum in these departments is shocking … and they are the ones training all of our elementary and secondary school educators. Radical feminism, marxism, identity politics, and more are common subjects at their conferences. None of it is open to criticism. Read mindingthecampus.com for some very depressing peeks behind the educational department curtain.

studentofhistory on February 4, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Yeah, and all these preening girls that are Kardashianeaque vapid wastes of space. Their major: Sociology or Early Childhood Education. Curious that it is always Early Childhood. I have a feeling it is because they want to work with kids, but not have to teach them.

antisense on February 4, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Too many women in high administration positions in education.

albill on February 4, 2013 at 1:40 PM

HEY, TEACHER, LEAVE THEM KIDS ALONE!

Christien on February 4, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Oh yeah, I also forgot to say about teachers hating boys. I once was in PE, when I was in kindergarten or first grade. I was a child, so I was just blurting out nothing really, jumping around happily, and some old teacher grabbed me and pulled me to the side and just said to me “You never say that again. Girls are equal to boys!” or something like that. I had no idea what she was talking about.

And, I won’t get into the other thing, because now that I have become more mature and more polite, I regret highly what I did, but let’s just say, no matter how much you’re brainwashed with boys are equal to girls, no they are not. If you’re told that over and over, you’ll eventually believe it, but no, it is not true. If a situation arises, as in my trouble making days, you’ll will be punished severely for acting like boys and girls are truly equal. I can verify that.

Also, here’s a good song talking about this crap http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgeILfF_FIA You may not like the music, but the lyrics are definitely worth reading, “If Not Emasculated” by Inversion.

Snow Soul on February 4, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Curious that it is always Early Childhood. I have a feeling it is because they want to work with kids, but not have to teach them.

antisense on February 4, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Not at all. Irregardless of the plethora of rules man may write demanding equality between the genders, the law of DNA will trump it.

Females are designed to be nurturing and empathetic. It cannot be denied. By force of will they can isolate themselves from these genetic forces, but they’re always there.

BTW, this doesn’t mean a woman can’t be a CEO or head of state, and be a good one.

I give you both Queens Elizabeth, the Virgin queen and the one that gave us Charles. Both were excellent monarchs…as far as that goes.

BobMbx on February 4, 2013 at 1:48 PM

A psychiatrist at The American Thinker analyzes how early school achievement (or lack thereof) separates liberal from conservative in later years. Specifically, he notes how teacher approval in the classroom is primarily achieved through language skills: writing and speaking well. This would especially be true in the early years of a child’s education where teaching roles are dominated by women, and women are typically more proficient at communications skills and value them more highly. Boys tend to be more do-ers than talk-ers, and therefore would have their abilities discounted by an educational establishment that prized communications skills above others.

That being said, I can’t see how a teacher could possibly take, for instance, math scores on homework and tests, and then subtract from that some measure because of a boy’s ‘attitude’ unless there was a deliberate bias on the part of the teacher. There’s a place on grade reports for study skills and discipline, there’s no need for that category to affect other performance measures unless the teacher is putting her thumb on the scale.

Socratease on February 4, 2013 at 1:51 PM

AGAIN – Mary Katherine Ham is the only purveyor of TRUTH on this Site!!

PRIMARY MESSAGES From SOCIETY and MAINSTREAM MEDIA:
1. Women: You should HATE men! They’re screwing you!

2. Black people: You should HATE ALL White Men! They’re screwing you!

3. Minorities of Any Kind: You should HATE ALL White Men!! They’re screwing you!!

4. White Men: You are NEANDERTHAL ANIMALS KILLING FREEDOM in this world!! You OPPRESS EVERYONE!! STOP SCREWING EVERYONE ELSE!!

5. White Men: You should FAIL to make up for all the people you have SCREWED!!

williamg on February 4, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Those Messages 24-7, at 1000 Decibels from EVERY Portal of Information in the World – and we wonder WHY American Boys are having a hard time………

williamg on February 4, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Not at all. Irregardless of the plethora of rules man may write demanding equality between the genders, the law of DNA will trump it.

Females are designed to be nurturing and empathetic. It cannot be denied. By force of will they can isolate themselves from these genetic forces, but they’re always there.

BTW, this doesn’t mean a woman can’t be a CEO or head of state, and be a good one.

I give you both Queens Elizabeth, the Virgin queen and the one that gave us Charles. Both were excellent monarchs…as far as that goes.

BobMbx on February 4, 2013 at 1:48 PM

I can see the compulsion there for them to be around kids, but to a one they think having or rearing children is “disgusting”. They happen to be the worst in terms of grades and performnace. Yes, education majors are generally the bottom of the classroom. I have been told by some they totally think the teaching methods they learn in school are very outdated, useless at best, and potentially harmful otherwise.

I took a political geography course at university and thought I’d learn about military-type geography or whatever. Instead, it was Marxism and the 2nd half of the course was about Environmentalism, which was put forward as a replacement for Capitalism.

I got an ‘A’.

antisense on February 4, 2013 at 1:56 PM

5. White Men: You should FAIL to make up for all the people you have SCREWED!!

williamg on February 4, 2013 at 1:52 PM

I’d like to formally request assignment to close combat with #5.

Axe on February 4, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Boys should start singing that ditty:

Anything you can do, I can do better
I can do anything better than you

Watch the feminazis on staff go ballistic having “their” anthem appropriated and thrown back in their faces.

Christien on February 4, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Starting in the 1980′s where I lived and was in school, the progressive feminist agenda was just beginning. For the life of me, I cannot fathom why males are not doing well in a school system ran for the feminist agenda.

I will be homeschooling. My daughter deserves a better education and my boys (if we have any) deserve more respect.

astonerii on February 4, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Mary Katherine,

You say you like charter schools. If charters could operate autonomously, that might be a thought. But charters are going to be under Common Core Standards mandates, something I haven’t seen anyone else on this thread mention. It’s the educational version of Obamacare. Everybody learns (in the 45 states who signed on and their districts) via the same standards, assessments and ultimately, the curriculum. The assessments are copyrighted so even if parents/teachers/districts don’t like them, and even though taxpayer money paid for them, they can’t make independent decisions for their students. Charters won’t have freedom to teach to a kid who can’t get the prescribed material in the prescribed manner.

Look at this teacher’s article on why she quit teaching. If you start following education, you will notice a trend. The good teachers will retire and the young ones indoctrinated in “centralization is a good thing” will (if they haven’t already) triumph.

http://www.missourieducationwatchdog.com/2013/02/english-teacher-quits-because-of-common.html

manateespirit on February 4, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Look at the bright side. Eventually men won’t be smart enough to join the military. Women will be signing up for selective service and getting drafted to go off and hit the Normandy Beaches. It won’t dawn on Gloria Steinim, but then she doesn’t care about any woman but herself anyway. Maybe the women on the left coasts will all go extinct because the only one’s left will be the ones that know how to shoot a gun and go hunting where the men will be. sarc/

TulsAmerican on February 4, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Not today, though. The attitude toward girls remains the same, but the mistrust of the nature of boys compels teachers to just give out lower grades and leave it at that. You’d almost think these teachers are out to punish boys for the ‘sexism’ of the past.

Liam on February 4, 2013 at 12:48 PM

You forgot the drugging. It seems as if a child is a little distracted the socialist incubators laughingly called public education lazy teachers and administrators will simply diagnose them as ADHD and drug them up so they are not disruptive. That has to effect learning to some extent.

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2013 at 2:06 PM

I don’t know much about Ritalin or similar drugs, but I’m sure if it ‘eases’ one set of neurological symptoms it dulls every other brain function as well.

In my time, the drug my dad used if I acted up in class was a spanking.

Liam on February 4, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Too many women in high administration positions in education.

albill on February 4, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Too many man/boy hating, radical Marxist/Gramscian, feminist hegemony promoting women in high administration positions in education.

There, FIFY.

Bruno Strozek on February 4, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Boys score as well as or better than girls on most standardized tests, yet they are far less likely to … attend college.

Can we get off this notion that going to college means you’re smart? Or that graduating from college means you’re smart?

Please people, I know most of you went to college and WANT to think it was important – but, news flash … you’re not smarter than a lot of people who didn’t attend.

HondaV65 on February 4, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Please people, I know most of you went to college and WANT to think it was important – but, news flash … you’re not smarter than a lot of people who didn’t attend.

HondaV65 on February 4, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Tell that to the snooty liberal elitists who consider themselves ‘intellectuals’. They’ll look down their noses at you so sternly you’ll need all your willpower to keep from laughing at them.

Liam on February 4, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Woemen = womenSchadenfreude on February 4, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Appropriate for the subject, woe to women unable to find a strong match.

AH_C on February 4, 2013 at 2:48 PM

I even saw this preference for girls at the college level. As far as following directions and navigating the complicated procedures for getting the right credits, etc., girls excel. They are simply more compliant, so the admin likes them.

PattyJ on February 4, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Tell that to the snooty liberal elitists who consider themselves ‘intellectuals’. They’ll look down their noses at you so sternly you’ll need all your willpower to keep from laughing at them.

Liam on February 4, 2013 at 2:36 PM

“WH releases photo of Obama shooting a rifle”

Written by college graduate, reviewed by college graduate, edited by college graduate, approved for release by college graduate.

Found to be utterly incorrect by bitter clingers everywhere.

BobMbx on February 4, 2013 at 3:06 PM

“WH releases photo of Obama shooting a rifle”

Written by college graduate, reviewed by college graduate, edited by college graduate, approved for release by college graduate.

Found to be utterly incorrect by bitter clingers everywhere.

BobMbx on February 4, 2013 at 3:06 PM

LOL Right? That pic is as phony as a nine-peso wooden coin.

Liam on February 4, 2013 at 3:12 PM

earlgrey133 on February 4, 2013 at 12:50 PM

BobMbx on February 4, 2013 at 1:07 PM

You don’t have any reason to believe this, especially if you are weighing my comments here, :) but — you know that guy that aces his SAT? That’s me. — More of an ACT, and more of a 99.99% thing — but the point is that I’ve always enjoyed some rarefied air.

I was never pushed anywhere; just floated through normally.

Around the 7th I started failing math. I took A1 twice, and A2 twice; I got a zero deliberately in pre-calculus after that, just to see if I could actually get a perfect zero score; I did all right in geometry — it was really a class in logical proofs — and in trigonometry, which was actually interesting . . .

I had one teacher who pulled me aside my senior year and asked me if I needed to pass her class to graduate. If I did, she was going to pass me. I think she was the only one who could see me for who I was (not even I understood what was going on, not at the time).

There were days I could have screamed. I’ve always said that if high school were one year longer, I wouldn’t have a diploma. When I got old enough, I got drunk and tried to stay that way. There’s more; I’ll spare you. :)

I’m not sure exactly what your boy is thinking and feeling, earl grey, but I would suggest he’s exceptional in some ways. It might be a frustrating experience for you, especially if he keeps getting tired of the subject earlier than he’s supposed to, and it might not iron out as nicely as you hope. But if you can keep in mind the possibility that his mind is creative and interested generally, even if he has trouble looking at a particular book as long as he needs to, you can keep putting things in front of him that might spare him a fair bit of frustration and angst. :) And my early twenties — you don’t want to go there.

Open the universe up a little, maybe. Not math with no apparent relationship to anything, but stars, planets, the weirdness of thermoclines, the incongruity of the platypus, electronics — go try to build a calculator. Logic gates, software. The first day I enjoyed math was when I studied abstract algebra for an encryption algorithm. We love each other now. :) Literature, old ghost stories, Dickens, the Bible if you have a mind — just keep the ceiling pushed up while you are trying to get his remedial work done so he can move forward. Try to remember that Leonardo da Vinci “couldn’t concentrate” either.

Is he an artist?

You don’t know where he’ll go.:) I can’t wait to see.

Anyway, my heart goes out to you. And “one lump.” Now referring to earl grey’s offspring as “one lump.” :)

Axe on February 4, 2013 at 3:12 PM

thanks Bobmbx and Americanmama for your advice and taking the time to write it. I have copied your comments into my emails so I can refer back to it and will continue to pursue onward.

earlgrey133 on February 4, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Take your sons out of institutionalized schools and take them home to school.

They won’t waste their time sitting at desks during long days. Many kids, little boys especially, need hands-on, kinesthetic learning and time to go out and play and run around.

The educational establishment consists of progressive ideologists. Unless you have an unusual school district, you’ll find yourself hemmed in at every turn.

Common Core is also on the table. Only about 3 states have had the sense to reject this Trojan horse effort by the Obama administration to nationalize curriculum. I believe SC is now trying to rescind their commitment.

Education is in a war right now. Progressives, having aborted their own, use children as commodities for their own ends. Don’t let your children be in the crosshairs.

INC on February 4, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Why boys are falling behind…

Nothing a few gay scoutmasters can’t fix.

KS Rex on February 4, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Get government out of the education business. That will never happen so just give up.

echosyst on February 4, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Nothing a few gay scoutmasters can’t fix.

KS Rex on February 4, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Lean forward? :)

K, I apologize for that right there.

Axe on February 4, 2013 at 3:26 PM

*No, I’m not dismissing the concerns of gay men and women looking for mates, but the problem of educationally mismatched women and men is particularly problematic for heterosexual women.

I simply don’t understand why you put this qualifier in. Do you fear backlash from commenters who are in the homosexual lifestyle? From Salem? Why?

INC on February 4, 2013 at 3:34 PM

As to the educational departments, when i was attending the teacher credentialing program we had one specific course in which we were taught how to educate to a “DIVERSE POPUPLATION”. I thought this was BS considering I grew up in the bayarea but o’well. During this course, we watched videos condemning white culture and males. Our professor stated that only white people are capable of being racist and men more so, thus cutting white females as both a victim and victimizer at the same time. This is how our educators and taught. As for biases by female teacher, this is completely true, and by some of the leftist male teachers, I have come across.
PS. please forgive grammar mistakes due to me being a history teacher and a poor speller.

19thgenamerican on February 4, 2013 at 3:37 PM

To add an anecdotal story, I tested among the highest of the students in my school district, math and history in particular, though I always suffered low grades in school. Many of my female teachers were blatant sexist and in particular, I remember that in 6th grade the whiteboard only had boys names for detention the whole year, which did not make us boys more complacent but rather the opposite.
I remember in 10th grade when I was speaking, to a friend I had stated “God created all men equal” to which the teacher walking by hearing it, replied with “and he created women superior.” After years of male bashing, I proudly and loudly replied, “yeah to dogs”. She was not happy, but she was cornered against punishment because her own words would not have flown over well with the administration.
Now did I believe that? No, but the war on us boys in the bay area was open and fierce, so I acted out my personality, to standup against any and all mistreatment by authorities. Being raised amongst police officers, I have deep respect for authority, up to a point. Once that authority is misused, in my mind, that authority is lost, pure and simple.

19thgenamerican on February 4, 2013 at 3:56 PM

This is how our educators are taught, sorry for the wrong wording

19thgenamerican on February 4, 2013 at 4:00 PM

19thgenamerican on February 4, 2013 at 3:56 PM

I was raised by a WWII veteran for a father, in an extended family of veterans. My family, the men and the women–all of them–didn’t respect wimpy men. They would never allow it, and made sure we boys knew our place: You protect and provide, best you can. And if what you think is your best right now, and if you miss, get it right the next time.

At the same time, we boys were taught, “You better treat a lady right. I catch you lighting off on a girl, your dad is going to hear about it.”

And that’s the last thing I wanted. My dad wouldn’t have been quick to spank me or anything. No, nothing so light. He would make me weed the flower beds! I would rather have had the spanking.

What got lost in all this liberal-feminist crap is how men were required to respect women. That was enforced by the older men–the adults–of our families. Sure, there were abusive men. But if one of my uncles beat on his wife (an aunt), my dad and all my other many uncles would have shown up at his door for a ‘little family discussion’ in the back yard.

So much today is so much more wrong than it used to be. All ‘thanks’ to liberals for that.

Liam on February 4, 2013 at 4:10 PM

I have 4 sons and 2 daughters. All of our kids are grown except our youngest son who graduates high school in May. All the kids have similar IQ’s. My boys all struggled in school and I even home-schooled for 9 years. One daughter had a serious visual processing delay which caused a significant difficulty learning to read. She was Salutatorian of her HS class. Her sister was Valedictorian. It was nip and tuck whether or not 2 of the boys were even going to stick with school long enough to graduate. And as I say, they are all equally capable. I now am the proud momma of a language analyst who works for the NSA and is fluent in 5 languages, another linguist who works overseas and is fluent in 6, 2 Industrial Engineers and a master plumber. The girls never had a moment’s trouble in school and loved to go. Even the one with the reading disability. She was interested and wanted to learn to read, so she did. All my boys were good readers, but hated it. Very seldom did they ever get to read anything they were interested in, once in a while in science or history class. The reading classes were all full of pretentious novels and overwrought dreck.

In my opinion, after years of experience as a teacher, mom, wife, and sister surrounded by brothers, the problem with boys and school will only get worse. Mostly it is because the younger and younger we push formal education, especially reading, the farther and farther behind the boys will get. It has NOTHING to do with IQ, but many, if not most boys are not capable or willing to sit and focus for hours a day at a very young age. When formal education did not start until 8 years of age or so, boys did much better than they do now when they are expected to be reading 100 words by the end of the 1st semester of kindergarten. When I started school in the 60′s conventional wisdom said that boys should often be started later than girls but that once they got older the boys would settle down and be less rambunctious. But now teacher cannot wait for that. If her class does not meet the guidelines for reading, math, etc. then she is on the hook. And if Johnny can’t sit still and is a distraction, well something must be done. Kindergarten is no longer a place where kids learn to sit, raise their hands, identify colors and shapes, how to make friends and take turns. The standards call for reading, grammar, geometry, algebra readiness, and woe betide the boy who can’t keep up. By the time they get to 3rd grade they will be convinced they are dumb and that school is an unending drag. Those who do advance sooner will be forced to spend time doing pointless exercises all day long until everyone else is all on the same page. Girls put up with that sort of thing much better than boys do.

Lily on February 4, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Lily on February 4, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Good read for me, there. H/T

To be succinct, in my experience it is the school system itself that holds back our children. That failed system makes every excuse, even getting creative to protect itself.

Realistically–if adults in the eduction system have to blame the children for its failures, what does it say about the ‘adults’ committed to the system?

Liam on February 4, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Liam on February 4, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Funny, I was raised by Vietnam veterans and Oakland cops, and was taught many of the same lessons concerning women, as well as work-based punishment.
But as with regard to respecting a “lady”, that notion is hard for my generation, since girls are not taught be ladies. They have mouths as foul or worse than many men, they were raised to see men as direct competitors rather than future partners. While I am still for chivalry, I believe men and women modernly need to have a serious discussion on the new social relationship settings. What are women, on a whole, providing on their side of the bargain. Virginity by the age of 20, yeah right. Knowledge and skills required to manage even half of the house chores, yeah right. You see our modern society teaches the youth of the greatness of females and of male disposability. Here are some videos by a MRA activist discussing the results of females entering the work force and of the problem of chivalry for modern men.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNURDy_uGu8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOg_LM2Rls4
While I prefer a more traditionalist perspective on female to male relationships’ this dynamic is too screwed up for the masses to return to, but rather men need to wake up a re-adjust their place in this new socialist hellhole.

19thgenamerican on February 4, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Ummm…let me know when the National Football League spends the entire month of October promoting awareness of a disease that ONLY AFFECTS MEN.

Galtian on February 4, 2013 at 4:54 PM

19thgenamerican on February 4, 2013 at 4:40 PM

I know what you mean, given all things of our present time and of those who raised us. It just seems an endless pointless battle.

Among the many things I learned from my dad is there are times for a man to just shut up and let the rant burn out. True–there are times to fight. But shutting up for a moment isn’t cowardice or anything so trite. I think in terms of prudence.

There is a time for everything, I believe. My way of doing things is let a liberal rant, then push the creature to greater incense. Then they come into full display.

My view is to keep the best things there are in philosophy and religion (if religion is a factor). As an historian like me (I’m not a professional), we have so much on which to draw. Some things are really timeless, while liberals remain stuck in the 19th Century.

One time, on a bus, I offered a woman in full garb of Middle East Moslem my seat. I grasp the cultural difference and she declined as I expected. But my dad taught me what is right.

Decent people people aim to be better, and always what is right and proper.

Liberals, on the other hand, always aim for the lowest common denominator yet somehow dare think themselves ‘superior’.

Liam on February 4, 2013 at 5:02 PM

amen brother, in fact as i have gotten older I have learned to treat the liberals views as if they were children, i mean both the ideas and the people spouting them, that is really how you get them rilled up. As far as being decent i agree completelty, hell I’m a Raiders fan but supported the 49ers yesterday, while a decade ago all the niner fans I new rooted agiast us in the superbowl. I even told a friend yesterday, that i want to better than them by showing regional support rather than destructive rivalry. cheers Liam and have a nice day

19thgenamerican on February 4, 2013 at 5:16 PM

19thgenamerican on February 4, 2013 at 5:16 PM

All good things to you and yours!

Liam on February 4, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Just notice that the most popular Super Bowl ad featured two minutes of audio by Paul Harvey about farmers. Why? I submit that it was masculine.

Refreshingly masculine.

As opposed to most of the others where the man is portrayed as an idiot.

Galtian on February 4, 2013 at 5:20 PM

TONS OF HOT, DELICIOUS FOOD!

BobMbx on February 4, 2013 at 12:59 PM

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lol — finally. Someone making sense.

Axe on February 4, 2013 at 1:02 PM

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Any one who disagrees with that, needs to watch “Duck Dynasty“.
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Oh … wait … I GOT IT ! I GOT IT ! I GOT IT ! … (‘nother brainstorm) . . . . . . . .

Let’s kidnap some of hardest-core militant feminists, and force them to watch hours of “Duck Dynasty“.
Of course it’s a felony, but still . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

listens2glenn on February 4, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Husband?! Husband?! AAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

peacenprosperity on February 4, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Actions always have consequences.
Most all people are now eunuchs, neither strong men nor strong women.
Just look around at any airport. The hallways are full of idiotic nondescript creatures.
Schadenfreude on February 4, 2013 at 12:33 PM

When boys are forced to be girls, they shut down

When boys are punished for being boys, they shut down

Political correctness forces boys to kiss the spurs of the conquerers

Meanwhile, most car mechanics are male, because people want their cars to work

My area has a small influx of eastern Euro types, Poles, Ukrainian, Russian, Baltic. The men stand out because they do not have the American metro male subservience. Not that our males are eunuchs, but they know they have to behave like them to not experience kickback. I have had encounters with several teen males, who remarked on the way females their age make passes and grabs at them, with impunity, that would get a boy busted. They know they are trapped in government enforced matriarchy

I find many feel the system is rigged to hold them down

entagor on February 4, 2013 at 9:55 PM

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