Alpine Summit

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Chasing Tail

(Via: Instapundit) According to a USA Today article, women are going to college more than men, and the gap is widening.

As women march forward, more boys seem to be falling by the wayside, McCorkell says. Not only do national statistics forecast a continued decline in the percentage of males on college campuses, but the drops are seen in all races, income groups and fields of study, says policy analyst Thomas Mortenson, publisher of the influential Postsecondary Education Opportunity newsletter in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Since 1995, he has been tracking — and sounding the alarm about — the dwindling presence of men in colleges. . . .

But even as evidence of a problem — a crisis, some say — mounts, "there's a complacency about this topic," McCorkell says.

There has been no outcry, for example, on the scale of a highly publicized 1992 report by the American Association of University Women, How Schools Short-Change Girls, which compiled reams of research on gender inequities.

That study "really ... got people to focus on girls ... (but) there is no big network that protects the needs of boys," says family therapist Michael Gurian, author of the just-published The Minds of Boys: Saving Our Sons from Falling Behind in School and Life, which argues that elementary and secondary schools aren't meeting the developmental needs of boys.

I'm wondering if some economic theory might not apply here. I know guys are always chasing women, and perhaps the incentive for guys to go to college will change from being academic to evolutionary. If that happens, it would be quite a paradigm change since many girls today are going to college simply to find a guy to marry and settle down. The statistics would then return to equilibrium for college attendance.

I know that if I'm rich in my later years, I'm setting up a college fund for only white males to any university in the country. After all, it's only fair.