There’s been a decent amount of press lately about the struggles of boys in education. More women than men go to college, and more graduate. But Jay Matthews of the Washington Post is skeptical. He cites an Education Sector report (full PDF here)
which claims that much of the hype about boys suddenly falling behind is overblown.
Take a look at this chart, for example:
Girls have outperformed boys in reading for decades, and boys continue to outperform girls in math.
‘The real story is not bad news about boys doing worse,’ the report says, ‘it’s good news about girls doing better.’
But one danger flag is raised:
‘There’s no doubt that some groups of boys — particularly Hispanic and black boys and boys from low-income homes — are in real trouble,” Education Sector senior policy analyst Sara Mead says in the report. ‘But the predominant issues for them are race and class, not gender.’
I do have one question about this statement: if the primary issues are race and class, then why is it only black and Hispanic boys who are in trouble?