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Wed 30th April 2014

US examines its Boy Crisis

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 3:36 pm

This is an interesting article published in the New York times – story here

The article looks at varying aspects of boys fitting into (in this case American) society and at the negative economic flow-on effects for a society failing it boys. It comes at a time when the US economy is falling substantially behind its Commonwealth neighbour Canada and they have an urgent need for self reflection.

“We know we’ve got a crisis, and the crisis is with boys,” said Elaine Kamarck, a resident scholar at Third Way and a former Clinton administration official. “We’re not quite sure why it’s happening.”

The article examines possible causes such as changing family circumstances and elementary schooling failing boys.

Situations that we are well aware of and are obvious in New Zealand although I wouldn’t expect to see a commentary along these lines in the New Zealand media anytime soon – it would certainly be shouted down by New Zealand feminists who claim they are still disadvantaged in every possible way.

The observation being made:

The gap in behavioral skills between young girls and boys is even bigger than the gap between rich and poor.

and the suggestion:

If the United States is going to build a better-functioning economy than the one we’ve had over the last 15 years, we’re going to have to solve our boy problems.

There are a few pro and con arguments but the conclusion at the end is quite striking – that society is now so unaware of how its modern behaviour patterns are inadvertently disadvantaging the male gender before they even enter the education system.

It’s not news on this site, we’ve been writing about this for years now, but there will come a time when New Zealand is forced to recongnise the economic impacts of failing boys, and that any changes we do make will take many years to show any dividends.

I would also make the observation that when you have an overload of feminist rationale and governance along with feminist media bias this adds considerably to the lack clear thinking required to make decisions now, that impact long term outcomes.

As we are also aware, feminism is based on entitlement not on any sound economic rationale – it will likely take some considerable time to change the prevailing views in this country – so it is also likely that our long term outcomes will be much more severe than those countries who take steps toward resolving their boy crisis now.

4 Responses to “US examines its Boy Crisis”

  1. MurrayBacon says:

    The articles are well worth reading.

    Two of the leading theories involve single-parent families and schools. The number of single-parent families has surged over the last generation, and the effect seems to be larger on boys in those families than girls. Girls who grow up with only one parent — typically a mother — fare almost as well on average as girls with two parents. Boys don’t.

    But the trends seem too broad for family structure to be the only cause. That’s where schools come in.

    Girls enter school with a lead on boys, and schools then fail to close the gaps. Instead, they increase. The behavioral advantage that girls have over boys in kindergarten, based on teachers’ assessments of their students, are even larger in fifth grade.

    Joseph Driessen? spoke of these issues at the Men’s Issues Conference in Henderson 2006. The size of the problem is slowly getting bigger and bigger.

  2. andrew says:

    From 37 years of experience in the classroom the lack of males in preschool and primary schools is one basic cause of the lack of achievement in males. The secondary service is rapidly becoming female dominated to the disadvantage of males.
    Females respond equally well to male or female teachers but males need a strong male presence in their lives. Often the male is missing from the home and now the male is becoming rarer in schools, youth clubs etc.

  3. Soothsayer says:

    National Council of Women website.

    ‘…all women need to do is dumb men down, then we can take over,”
    Lilla Harre M.P. 2000.

    Schooling for equality.

    ‘Equity is the application of a particular notion of fairness, positive discrimination. In schools it involves the provision, not of equal resources, but of unequal resources and attention to groups of students so that fairer outcomes can be achieved.’
    Alison Jones (Politics, Policy, Pedagogy Education in Aotearoa / New Zealand 2000)

    Boys held back by macho stereotypes.

    ‘Boys need opportunities to challenge expectations and stereotypes, assistance in developing an expectation that they may not perform a breadwinner role in their relationship …’
    Ruth Chapman Deputy General Secretary PPTA. (NZ Herald 2000)

    [An education would have been nice]

    Girls can do ‘everything’.

    ‘The qualities that women bring to management are considerable: empathy and understanding, the ability to multi-task, perception and intuition, a collegial way of working – stressing co-operation and support of others.’
    Ali Nelson (King’s College Courier 2002).

    [Everything not anything].

    Men missed their chance in education.

    ‘…language skills, empathy, creativity, compassion, ability to multi-task and to attend to detail, as well as to have vision and a broad grasp of strategy. That is many of the skills traditionally regarded as feminine.’

    ‘Women in education took up the challenge, conducted the necessary research and provided the role models and resources to ensure that girls were better educated. We changed the way we taught to ensure that young women could be less passive, more assertive and achieving – that is more capably and fully human. Men in education, however, did not at the time take seriously enough their challenge …’
    Charmaine Pountney Secondary School Principal (NZ Herald 2003)

    [Silly me for thinking that you were trained and paid to educate all children.]

    This father hasn’t forgotten.

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