NBC Nightly News aired a story the other night highlighting the fact that fewer and fewer boys are finishing school or achieving a higher education. In fact, the average college campus today is comprised of only 40% men. We are finding that our American education system does not offer an environment conducive to the way boys learn. Boys like competition, teamwork and they like to produce a product. They don't generally like to sit in a chair for a very long time, as they are much more physical by nature. Thus, they tend to get in trouble and lose focus in a classroom setting. Some say that we may need to focus on the three "R"s for boys — reading, writing and recess.
In the past, this was not a problem, as men could still work in a high-paying manufacturing or other male-oriented job. Today, those jobs are becoming very scarce, leaving under-educated young men with very little opportunity.
In the above video clip from NBC, three UGA young women discuss the reasons they think young men are not as ambitious as women. I found it ironic to listen to a young black woman lament the fact that in the job interview, a male applicant may have an edge over her in order to fill "diversity". This is the new problem of the millennium — where are all the boys going?
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