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Where are the Interest Groups for Boys?

Blogger Bob Krumm a href=”http://www.bobkrumm.com/blog/2007/05/21/the-smallest-minority/”went to a recent high school graduation /aand noticed that men (boys) were in short supply (Hat tip: a href=”http://instapundit.com/archives2/005484.php”Instapundit/a). He noted that most of the academic honors also went to the women (girls). The possible reason for the lack of success for the boys? No special interest groups:br /br /blockquoteMuch like our misguided welfare systems still focuses on the prevention of starvation when it is obesity that is the greater nutritional problem associated with poverty, our gender-based education programs now target the wrong sex for academic improvement. That puts boys at an even greater disadvantage since, unlike as for girls, there aren’t well-organized and powerful “male special interest groups” that will fight to give boys the boost they need. /blockquotebr /br /I used to think that special interest groups were silly and a waste of time–thinking they emphasized victimhood at the expense of autonomy, but I am beginning to think I was wrong. Perhaps boys need a special interest group to stand behind them and see that their needs are presented equally. Because so far, the lack of one doesn’t seem to be doing boys any good in regards to education.br /br /Update: There is a special interest group called The Boys Project that advocates for legislative change and education to benefit boys. You can see a href=”http://www.boysproject.net/issues.html”more about the project here. /a