From: Lenona on

One thing he doesn't mention is how, when girls fail as a group, the
school gets blamed, but when boys fail as a group, THEY often get

First half or so:

Q: You didn’t always believe it was boys who were in trouble in

A: I was an education reporter in the Washington bureau of Gannett
News Service when the American Association of University Women
released its research on girls getting shortchanged in school. As the
father of two daughters, I quickly wrote that up—uncritically—as fact.

Q: What made you change your mind?

A: In the years that followed, I realized I had made a mistake. That
research was flawed. It first became obvious anecdotally, by watching
my nieces and nephews and the other students in local schools. More
importantly, it became obvious in the national data. The gender gaps
we see in college are the most obvious evidence—nearly 58 percent of
bachelor’s degrees and 62 percent of associate’s degrees go to women.
Unlike two decades ago, when uneducated men could find good-paying
work, men today need those degrees as much as women.

Q: How did the researchers get it wrong?

A: It’s not so much a matter of getting it wrong as never trying to
get it right. By choosing not to investigate the problem, the U.S.
Department of Education ducks the politically sensitive issue. In Why
Boys Fail, I lay out the history behind that sensitivity, which starts
with conservatives blaming feminists (unfairly, from my perspective)
for the problems boys were experiencing in school. The national
feminist groups went into a defensive mode and countered that boys
were not experiencing problems. When men rule the White House and Wall
Street, that argument carries a lot of credibility, at least on the
surface. But when you bore down to the community level, to the boys
and girls in your local schools and men and women in the local
economy, the reality is very different. Men are in trouble, and much
of that trouble can be traced back to unequal educations...........