Thursday, April 13, 2006

Boys, the new underclass

A very provacative article reinforces some obvious trends that no one wants to talk about. Boys are an at-risk population. We know this has always been true of black boys but today white boys are no better off.

Affirmative action for boys?

There’s an endangered minority on American college campuses, said Kevin Wack in the Portland, Maine, Press Herald. It’s not gays, or blacks, or even conservatives. It’s men. Today in the U.S., “about 57 percent of college students are female,” and they earn about 200,000 more bachelor’s degrees annually than do males. On plenty of campuses, the girl-boy ratio is approaching 60-40; at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, it’s 80-20. To coax more men into applying, institutions of higher learning are getting desperate. At Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., where men made up only 36 percent of the Class of 2004, the administration added more photos of men to its admissions literature. When the Class of 2007 at Husson College in Bangor, Maine, came in at 65 percent women, the school responded by creating a football team. Many administrators are even resorting to lowering admissions standards for boys—in effect, practicing male affirmative action.

Read the rest of the article and weep. Nobody has an iota of sympathy.

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