A modern classic: Are boys falling behind in the modern educational system?The Education Sector has a skeptical analysis based on U.S. data. The basic message is: No, both sexes are progressing but girls have advanced more than boys.Some of the fall-out can be followed through a post on the Education Sector’s blog – The Boys and Girls Debate Rages On – and a thread on Crooked Timber – The Truth about Boys and Girls.One noteworthy quote from the Education Sector site:
There’s no doubt that some groups of boys—particularly Hispanic and black boys and boys from low-income homes—are in real trouble. But the predominant issues for them are race and class, not gender. Closing racial and economic gaps would help poor and minority boys more than closing gender gaps, and focusing on gender gaps may distract attention from the bigger problems facing these youngsters.
So, it’s back to class.