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Boys and America’s future: Let’s be honest about their achievement, and the broader problems for our society

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14.09.2021

After years of dormancy, the “boy troubles” are unexpectedly back in the news.

On Sept. 6, The Wall Street Journal published a lengthy analysis of the pandemic-driven plunge in college enrollment among men. If this keeps up, soon there will be one male earning a college degree for every two women, we’re told. Not surprisingly, three days later The New York Times answered with a column downplaying the problem. Growing gender gaps in college are not a worry, the analysis asserted; women faring better in college doesn’t mean the men are doing worse.

The punch-counterpunch should not be surprising. Conservative publications have always loved the boy troubles, a backdoor way of striking back at feminists while exploiting male grievances. And progressive publications love to downplay the gender gaps to keep the focus on championing women’s causes. Men still dominate the key majors such as technology and engineering, the writer points out.

So who’s got the right take here?

All this brings back some not entirely satisfying memories. In 2011, after finishing my first book, ”Why Boys Fail,” I invested another six months fighting over the issue in op-eds and panel sessions. After that, I was eager to move on and forget about it.

Why?

Because too many powerful constituencies — the........

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