Sex Discrimination In Schools
In a front page article Valerie Strauss of the Washington Post says it does not. At least, it doesn’t for boys.
A new study to be released today on gender equity in education concludes that a “boys crisis” in U.S. schools is a myth and that both sexes have stayed the same or improved on standardized tests in the past decade.
It’s not a terribly long article, and probably worth the read. Paul Mirengoff at Powerline made a point of reading it to the end.
If you read all the way to the end of Valerie Strauss’ Post article, however, you will find that (1) women have earned 57 percent of bachelor degrees in the U.S. over the past two decades and (2) in 2005, the average female high school student had a significantly higher grade point average (3.09) than her male counterpart (2.86).
Yes, she says that. So how does Strauss explain the (growing) discrepancy? From the WaPo article again, she quotes the study made by American Association of University Woman.
“A lot of people think it is the boys that need the help,” co-author Christianne Corbett said. “The point of the report is to highlight the fact that that is not exclusively true. There is no crisis with boys. If there is a crisis, it is with African American and Hispanic students and low-income students, girls and boys.”
So the thesis is that there are more African American and Hispanic students than at the beginning (baseline) of the study, so it’s the changing socio-demographic that accounts for the changes seen in the numbers of men relative to women. I believe this means that the report implies there are (relatively) more African American and Hispanic male students than female. Think that’s true? Mirengoff notes the statistical problem.
Ultimately, the feminists resort to arguing that the real “crisis” is with minority students and low-income students. The Post takes the bait in the headline of its report, declaring “Academic Success Linked to Income.” But the study held racial, ethnic, and economic factors constant and still found that boys under-performed in key respects. So whatever is true of minority and low-income students, academic success is also linked to gender, with girls performing significantly better than boys.
The issue deserves better treatment than the AAUW and the Washington Post gave it.