Is Discrimination Against Boys Ruining the Economy?
This is an important question, but the more important one is "does the current government care?" "Probably not," I thought as I read this recent article at the NYT's entitled "A Link Between Fidgety boys and a Sputtering Economy?":
By kindergarten, girls are substantially more attentive, better behaved, more sensitive, more persistent, more flexible and more independent than boys, according to a new paper from Third Way, a Washington research group. The gap grows over the course of elementary school and feeds into academic gaps between the sexes. By eighth grade, 48 percent of girls receive a mix of A’s and B’s or better. Only 31 percent of boys do....
By kindergarten, boys already fare much worse on social and behavioral measures than girls. The gender gap is even larger than the class gap and some racial gaps...
And in an economy that rewards knowledge, the academic struggles of boys turn into economic struggles. Men’s wages are stagnating. Men are much more likely to be idle — neither working, looking for work nor caring for family — than they once were and much more likely to be idle than women.
We reported last week that the United States had lost its once-enormous global lead in middle-class pay, based on international income surveys over the last three decades.
The traits that boys have in our current school system are seen as destructive and annoying. Our society does not reward "knowledge" as much as it rewards conformity and feminized traits. Teachers who don't like the way boys act, particularly female teachers, give boys bad grades.
Add to this discrimination the current administration's war against college men and you have a recipe for men bailing out of the system, going to the underground economy, or saying "to hell with it" and getting disability payments. Perhaps this is the plan of the current regime.
Boys and men are marginalized (unless they take up with the PC ruling class as many do), the politicians are made to look like they are helping girls and women who turn to them for ever more goods and services and the economy not only sputters but starts to sink. People groan about the poor economy, not realizing that they are the ones contributing to it by their compliance and the circle is complete. Will we break it before it is too late?
What do you think?