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Why Boys Are Falling Behind, And Why We Have to Fix It

Mary Katherine Ham writes:

Even addressing the issue of male academic underachievement can result in backlash from people incensed that society would bother caring about the disadvantages of men after spending decades and centuries ignoring the disadvantages of women. I understand that impulse, but as a person who cares deeply about her brothers, father, husband, and the possibility of raising decent men, should the opportunity arise, I have to care. Many others would no doubt feel the same if the problem were addressed with any frequency. As Christina Hoff Sommers writes in the New York Times, “fairness today requires us to address the serious educational deficits of boys and young men. The rise of women, however long overdue, does not require the fall of men.”
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East coast said...

The Heights School, Potomac, Maryland:
Opus Dei, Approved Catholic School for boys grades 3-12
All Catholic, all male faculty.
Grades 3-6: 3 recesses per day plus p.e. There is no playground equipment. Just fields and woods and ditches and the like.
Boys return home each afternoon covered in dirt and dust and streaked with grass stains. They also return with their heads bursting with tales of moral fortitude and physical courage of other men down through the ages. They have also attended Mass and very likely have given their confession. They recite poetry from memory written by great men about great men.

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