May 21, 2008
MEN IN HIGHER EDUCATION:
Thomas Mortenson, a senior scholar at the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education, didnâ€™t question the specific numbers in the report or the idea that both male and female students can succeed at the same time. â€œWomen have made huge progress in education over the last six decades,â€ he said. â€œThe success of women is a great story â€” it shows what we can do when we set our minds to task.â€
But he said that in 1970, when he started his career in higher education policy analysis, there were 1.5 million more men than women in higher education and â€œI recall vividly that women complained that this was a crisis. Now there are 2.7 million more women than men in higher education and the feminists assert that this is not a crisis. What am I missing here?â€
He noted the hugely disproportionate rates of suicide among men who are 25 to 34, and of incarceration, and asked how this could be anything but a crisis.
â€œThe hypocrisy of the feminists â€” AAUW being a major part of this â€” astounds me,â€ Mortenson said. â€œThe fact is male lives are falling apart at the growing margins of male welfare, and the utter failure of the education system to address male needs on male terms is indeed a crisis. We have shown what the education system can do for women when we set our minds to it.